hapless (adj.) Old form(s): haples , haplesse
luckless, unfortunate, unlucky
1H6 III.i.203[Exeter alone, of the disaster he foresees] Exeter doth wish / His days may finish ere that hapless time
2H6 I.i.224[York alone, of pirates' plunder] the silly owner of the goods ... wrings his hapless hands
3H6 I.iv.156[York to Queen] See ... a hapless father's tears
3H6 V.vi.15[King to Richard, of himself and his son] the hapless male to one sweet bird
CE I.i.141[Duke to Egeon] Hapless Egeon
E3 III.iv.12[King John to all] O hapless fortune!
E3 IV.iii.71[Charles reading a prophecy] that shall be the hapless dreadful day
Luc.1045[Lucrece to herself] I ... seek in vain / Some happy mean to end a hapless life
TG I.i.32[Valentine to Proteus, of love] If haply won, perhaps a hapless gain
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