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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.
"Don't feel sorry for yourselves," Solskjaer said when asked what he told the players in the wake of the PSG game.
Becky Churchill Feel sorry for all involved in these dreadful floods.
RATHER than feel sorry for himself, Duncan Watmore is working hard on returning better than ever for Sunderland next season.
DAVID WAGNER has told his Huddersfield stars not to feel sorry for themselves.
Of course you have to feel sorry for Coun Parton as well.
JOSH Maja insists Sunderland cannot afford to feel sorry for themselves ahead of tomorrow's crucial game at home to Hull City.
"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.