feel sorry for (someone)

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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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WHILST I was frustrated watching Cuco Martina's performance on Sunday, I have to admit that I really do feel sorry for him.
Rouhani calls that humiliation "Fatah al-Mobin" (Evident Victory) and claims it as "Islam's greatest diplomatic triumph." I feel sorry for him. Khomeini created a system in which everyone is a loser, everyone including himself.
"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.
Madrid (Spain), Oct.11 (ANI): Spanish golf legend Seve Ballesteros has said that no one should feel sorry for him because he had brain cancer, and added that he had a good life.
Heaps of people have asked me if I saw the story and all of them 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?
But John Paul doesn't want us to feel sorry for him. He wants us to learn.
I feel sorry for him and he has lots of great qualities but I feel like he's bringing me down.
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." Mold crown court heard how his parents, retired policeman Eric Townsend, 85, and wife Marie, 83, died in the crash in December last year on a by-pass at Mold, Flintshire.
He added: "I feel sorry for him to think he's going to jail for all that time at this time of life.
"If he did do those things, I feel sorry for him. I feel like he probably feels alone, and he needs some help," she tells Allure magazine.