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.
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And I feel sorry for someone who has paid that amount of money thinking they were having a Gwilym Prichard portrait.
You have got to feel sorry for someone who has not set foot outside their home for so long.
Travelling the world, housed in plush hotels and generally treated like royalty - Murray had his own butler at the Burj Al Arab last year - it's hard to feel sorry for someone playing tennis for a living.
I'd normally feel sorry for someone who made such a clanger on worldwide TV, but I just can't warm to Christina - and I got guilty pleasure out of hearing Simon Cowell describe her rendition as sounding like "100,000 people in a stadium had just sat on a cat".
It's difficult to feel sorry for someone who goes through money like water, buying cars willy nilly, who pleads bankruptcy yet can still afford to jet off to Tenerife, still employs a nanny, and continues to support useless freeloader Mark Croft.
In short, the more money there is sloshing about, the less impressive it seems, and you almost start to feel sorry for someone who's only got, say, pounds 100m.
Must we feel sorry for someone who does what we all do, day in, day out?
Simon Block, general secretary of the boxing board, said: "It may well be that we should feel sorry for someone like Mr Trevena.
You can either feel sorry for someone and play them out of sympathy or play someone whose mind will be totally focused on football.
It should be hard to feel sorry for someone who has as much as David Beckham but we do.
JUST when you feel sorry for someone and the tough time they've had, they go and do something that makes you think ''Oh my Gawd
Should we feel sorry for someone driven to submit himself to such indignities?
Rudolph Giuliani tells New York Times columnist Maureen Dowd his thoughts on John Walker, whom President Bush has referred to as "poor soul": "I could feel sorry for someone and still string 'em up.
Perhaps reviewers who listened to music and knew something about the recording artists they review would help - although I suppose one ought to feel sorry for someone who hasn't immersed themselves sufficiently in the old Blue Horizon catalogue to not confuse Chicken Shack and Fleetwood Mac.
How could I feel sorry for someone who was responsible for bringing a boy into the world who would later murder my son?