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Wordnet 3.0

ADJECTIVE (1)

1. deserving or inciting pity;
- Example: "a hapless victim"
- Example: "miserable victims of war"
- Example: "the shabby room struck her as extraordinarily pathetic"- Galsworthy
- Example: "piteous appeals for help"
- Example: "pitiable homeless children"
- Example: "a pitiful fate"
- Example: "Oh, you poor thing"
- Example: "his poor distorted limbs"
- Example: "a wretched life"
[syn: hapless, miserable, misfortunate, pathetic, piteous, pitiable, pitiful, poor, wretched]


The Collaborative International Dictionary of English v.0.48:

Hapless \Hap"less\ (h[a^]p"l[e^]s), a. Without hap or luck; luckless; unfortunate; unlucky; unhappy; as, hapless youth; hapless maid. --Dryden. [1913 Webster]
WordNet (r) 3.0 (2006):

hapless adj 1: deserving or inciting pity; "a hapless victim"; "miserable victims of war"; "the shabby room struck her as extraordinarily pathetic"- Galsworthy; "piteous appeals for help"; "pitiable homeless children"; "a pitiful fate"; "Oh, you poor thing"; "his poor distorted limbs"; "a wretched life" [syn: hapless, miserable, misfortunate, pathetic, piteous, pitiable, pitiful, poor, wretched]
Moby Thesaurus II by Grady Ward, 1.0:

33 Moby Thesaurus words for "hapless": badly off, depressed, dire, donsie, doomful, evil-starred, fatal, fortuneless, funest, ill off, ill-fated, ill-starred, in adverse circumstances, inauspicious, infelicitous, luckless, miserable, ominous, out of luck, planet-struck, sad, short of luck, star-crossed, unblessed, underprivileged, unfortunate, unhappy, unlucky, unprosperous, unprovidential, untoward, woeful, wretched