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.
But John Paul doesn't want us to feel sorry for him.
Asked how he responded to the criticism about their publication, he said: 'This is a man who has murdered a minimum of 300,000 people and we're supposed to feel sorry for him because someone's taken his picture?
I feel sorry for him, but want him to leave me alone.
Oh, I don't feel sorry for him because he's being insulted--I'm sure a seasoned politician like himself is used to that sort of thing.
He said: "I do feel sorry for him that a moment of madness has blighted his life and that of his family.
He added: "I feel sorry for him to think he's going to jail for all that time at this time of life.
With all due respect to the young man who made this wish, and I pray for a miracle that would get him well - if he is doing this to make his parents remember him by having a bear rug, then I feel sorry for him.
And if he didn't do those things, I feel sorry for him.
He's a cracking player so I feel sorry for him but I still had to win.
Because the man who ended Sarah's life then took his own, we had to feel sorry for him.
I feel sorry for him,'' he said, watching Benedict at the pump.