feel someone's pain, to

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feel someone's pain, to

To empathize completely with someone. This hyperbolic idea is often asserted hypocritically, or by someone who is actually causing the pain. Thus, “I feel your pain” can be a politician’s response to a constituent who is complaining about the minimum wage, even though he actually voted against its being increased. This expression needs to be differentiated from feeling no pain, a slangy phrase from the mid-twentieth century describing someone who is intoxicated, and from I feel for you but I can’t quite reach you, a slangy response expressing lack of sympathy for someone’s hard-luck story.
See also: feel
References in classic literature ?
The Self saith unto the ego: "Feel pain!" And thereupon it suffereth, and thinketh how it may put an end thereto--and for that very purpose it IS MEANT to think.
Plants do not feel pain, nor the lower animals; it's possible that such animals as the starfish and crayfish do not feel pain at all.
Jim was almost tempted to envy the wooden horse for being unable to feel pain; but the creature was so absurdly unnatural that he decided he would not change places with it under any circumstances.
I thought he might very naturally feel pain from his wound, and therefore pitied him; but”—and as she spoke she glanced her eye, with suppressed curiosity, toward the major-domo—
Tom groaned louder, and fancied that he began to feel pain in the toe.
Let me alone, and I'll plan it out: while I'm thinking of that I don't feel pain.'
Then can you wonder that persons who are inexperienced in the truth, as they have wrong ideas about many other things, should also have wrong ideas about pleasure and pain and the intermediate state; so that when they are only being drawn towards the painful they feel pain and think the pain which they experience to be real, and in like manner, when drawn away from pain to the neutral or intermediate state, they firmly believe that they have reached the goal of satiety and pleasure; they, not knowing pleasure, err in contrasting pain with the absence of pain.
I should not say that it is not worth while to yell and feel pain because I have but a fortnight to live.
The fetus he refers to is a human that can feel pain at a point in its development.
He said that when 'addicts of corruption' are out of power, they feel pain in all parts of the body.
The information minister said that when "addicts of corruption" are out of power, they feel pain in all parts of the body.
The Minister said that when 'addicts of corruption' are out of power, they feel pain in all parts of the body.
Unborn children can feel pain during this stage of the pregnancy, starting at 20 weeks.
I S L A M A B A D -- National Assembly Speaker Asad Qaiser Friday said it was his foremost desire to establish model welfare villages for orphans and destitute children in each province.'I feel pain and sorrow in my heart to see orphans and destitute children roaming on the roads and wanted to do something for their welfare.' He expressed these views while addressing the meeting of heads of welfare organizations, donor agencies and philanthropists, who met under his chairmanship at Parliament House.
Its residents are a part of us, when they feel pain we feel pain," he said.