Definition: unfortunate; luckless
Definition: unfortunate; luckless
Sentences Containing 'hapless'
Dantes from his rocky perch saw the shattered vessel, and among the fragments the floating forms of the hapless sailors.
O tearful Guadiana, and ye O hapless daughters of Ruidera who show in your waves the tears that flowed from your beauteous eyes!"
But of all I saw and observed down there, what gave me most pain was, that while Montesinos was speaking to me, one of the two companions of the hapless Dulcinea approached me on one without my having seen her coming, and with tears in her eyes said to me, in a low, agitated voice, 'My lady Dulcinea del Toboso kisses your worship's hands, and entreats you to do her the favour of letting her know how you are; and, being in great need, she also entreats your worship as earnestly as she can to be so good as to lend her half a dozen reals, or as much as you may have about you, on this new dimity petticoat that I have here; and she promises to repay them very speedily.'
I told her that I believed she had given me a faithful account of herself, and that we had both been hapless instruments in designing hands.
A vast pulpy mass, furlongs in length and breadth, of a glancing cream-colour, lay floating on the water, innumerable long arms radiating from its centre, and curling and twisting like a nest of anacondas, as if blindly to clutch at any hapless object within reach.
No wonder, taking the whole fleet of whalemen in a body, that out of fifty fair chances for a dart, not five are successful; no wonder that so many hapless harpooneers are madly cursed and disrated; no wonder that some of them actually burst their blood-vessels in the boat; no wonder that some sperm whalemen are absent four years with four barrels; no wonder that to many ship owners, whaling is but a losing concern; for it is the harpooneer that makes the voyage, and if you take the breath out of his body how can you expect to find it there when most wanted!
But while hapless Dough-Boy was by nature dull and torpid in his intellects, Pip, though over tender-hearted, was at bottom very bright, with that pleasant, genial, jolly brightness peculiar to his tribe; a tribe, which ever enjoy all holidays and festivities with finer, freer relish than any other race.
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::: reproach - blame (not angrily but sadly); express disapproval or disappointment; N. ADJ. reproachful
::: ecologist - person concerned with the interrelationship between living organisms and their environment; person concerned with the detrimental effects of human civilization on the environment; CF. ecology
::: invidious - designed to create ill will or envy; tending to rouse ill will or envy; Ex. invidious comparison
::: argot - slang; speech spoken by only a small group of people
::: appropriate - acquire; take possession of for one's own use without permission; set aside for a particular purpose; allocate; CF. misappropriate
::: clamber - climb by crawling with difficulties; scramble
::: incumbent - obligatory; imposed as an obligation; currently holding an office; N: person who holds an office
::: repugnance - disgust; strong dislike; loathing; ADJ. repugnant: arousing disgust; repulsive
::: suckle - give or take milk at the breast or udder