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be sorry for (someone)

To empathize with or feel compassion for another person and their sorrows, problems, or plight. It's infuriating that the CEOs swindled the country for millions of dollars, but I'm especially sorry for the thousands of their employees who are now out of a job. I'm so sorry for Johnny—his addiction has gotten completely out of control.
See also: sorry

feel sorry for (someone)

1. To empathize with or feel compassion for another person and their 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 their 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

be/feel ˈsorry for somebody

feel sympathy or pity for somebody: I feel sorry for all the people who are alone at Christmas.
See also: feel, somebody, sorry
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I began to feel sorry for Hubby, dog my cats if I didn't.
DAVID WAGNER has told his Huddersfield stars not to feel sorry for themselves.
You couldn't help but feel sorry for the taxi drivers waiting for hours in their vehicles - in what would have been the freezing cold without their heating.
JOSH Maja insists Sunderland cannot afford to feel sorry for themselves ahead of tomorrow's crucial game at home to Hull City.
Roque further noted: 'If Joma Sison did not feel any spirit of Christmas because of the Suspension of Military Operations, well, I feel sorry for him.
WHILST I was frustrated watching Cuco Martina's performance on Sunday, I have to admit that I really do feel sorry for him.
While Markle certainly isn't throwing herself a pity party or asking people to feel sorry for her, she has made it clear that the public's (http://www.
I feel sorry for Tom, I feel sorry for Gana because if it was allowed to change 10, then I would've changed 10 players after the first-half.
I feel sorry for us fans who went over there to support them and paid good money to watch and cheer them on.
LEE WALLACE vows Rangers won't feel sorry for themselves after yesterday's Parkhead hammering.
He's a cracking player so I feel sorry for him but I still had to win.
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.
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.