feel sorry for (someone)

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feel sorry for (someone)

1. To empathize with or feel compassion for another person over his or her sorrows, problems, or plight. It's infuriating that the CEOs swindled the country for millions of dollars, but I feel especially sorry for the thousands of their employees who are now out of a job. I feel so sorry for Johnny—his addiction has gotten completely out of control.
2. To pity someone or his or her situation, especially in a condescending manner. I don't need you or anyone else feeling sorry for me! I must say, I feel sorry for the way you need constant affirmation from other people.
See also: feel, sorry
References in classic literature ?
It is most amusing and ridiculous, but I feel sorry for him, too.
From his dress and appearance they might well have taken him for a beggar asking alms in the streets, and the gift of the twenty copecks he doubtless owed to the blow, which made them feel sorry for him.
He's a cracking player so I feel sorry for him but I still had to win.
Matthews, 28, of Warmley, Glos, replied: "Not directly I feel sorry for myself but I feel sorry for everybody.
The mayor told the ECHO: "I just feel sorry for them that they haven't got better things to do.
Having gotten rich at the expense of labour, the guilt sets in and he begins to feel sorry for the less well-off, Gross wrote.
Prosecutor Tudur Owen asked Wellings: If you felt sorry for the animals when you bought them do you not feel sorry for them now?
I do feel sorry for her because she's had a lot of stress in the last five years and she's done so much from a young age.
ANOTHER manager to feel sorry for is Wigan's Roberto Martinez.
I feel sorry for battery hens when I think about the hens we had that used to run around all day - Margaret Barnes, 62, a retired nursery nurse, of Middlesbrough My ethics say they are bred for food and to be honest the animals would not exist if humans were not going to eat the eggs - Frances Barnes, 18, a student, of Middlesbrough We buy free-range because it's better for the animals.
I feel sorry for nearly all of the wonderful people who work at this hospital and I also feel sorry for some of the people who now will find out that their appointments or operations will be cancelled all because of people who don't know what they are doing.
The defendant replied: "I feel sorry for her mother.
Strachan was visibly shocked after the loss but said: "Don't feel sorry for me.
I feel sorry for the fans, I feel sorry for all the people who have worked so hard for a club which had been in existence for 125 years, and feel sorry for the players who have been left without a club.
But there are a lot of games in England and you don't really have too much time to feel sorry for yourself, you have to refocus on the next game.