American Heritage® Dictionary of the English Language, Fourth Edition
- adv. By chance or accident.
Century Dictionary and Cyclopedia
GNU Webster's 1913
- adv. By hap, chance, luck, or accident; perhaps; it may be.
- adv. by accident
“By Allah, none shall suffer perdition save I; for thou wilt fare forth to the bazar and consort with those that shall divert thee, and thy life will be sound and thy love hidden forsure; but I shall fall into trouble and tristesse nor find any to console me, more by token that I have given the Caliph a tryst, wherein haply great peril shall betide me by reason of my love for thee and my longing for thee and my grief at being parted from thee.”
“S: Then speak to him a gentle word haply he may mind or fear.”
“Oh, the miserable and calamitous spectacle! such as haply the world had not seen the like since the foundation of it, nor be outdone till the universal conflagration.”
“It appears to me utterly incredible that, if Jeanne d'Arc had really survived, we should find no further mention of her than such as haply occurs in one or two town-records and dilapidated account-books.”
“Oh, the miserable and calamitous spectacle, such as haply the world had not seene the like since the foundation of it, nor be outdone till the universal conflagration of it.”
“A change, a great change, is coming in society; but, haply, it may not be the change the bear anticipates.”
“We have created you from one tree and have caused you to be as the leaves and fruit of the same tree, that haply ye may become a source of comfort to one another.”
“What Argive or Phthiotian chief will bear me far from Troy, alas! unto his home, or haply to some island fastness?”
“Lo! yonder I see a servant bearing a full pitcher of water on her shaven head; let us sit down and make inquiry of this bond-maid, if haply we may glean some tidings of the matter which brought us hither, Pylades.”
“Oh! where in Nysa, haunt of beasts, or on the peaks of Corycus art thou, Dionysus, marshalling with thy wand the revellers? or haply in the thick forest depths of Olympus, where erst Orpheus with his lute gathered trees to his minstrelsy, and beasts that range the fields.”
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