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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.
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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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You always feel sorry for somebody when that happens," added Dyson.
It's hard to feel sorry for somebody as successful as McCoy, I know, but I spared him a pang of sympathy as I watched him attempt to get Deano's to start at the same time as the rest of the field.
I feel sorry for somebody of that standard and he doesn't need every Tom, Dick and Harry in the world saying he is available.
I mean you're not really going to feel sorry for somebody who's got a yacht the size of the Bismarck (and almost as well armed) with a ship-to-shore tender as big as the old Royal Yacht Britannia and a couple of escape subs and so forth, who suddenly sees his probably ill-gotten fortune reduced by the equivalent of a few tens of billions of dollars.
I know it's hard to feel sorry for somebody who is very well off and at the absolute pinnacle of his profession, but I wouldn't be McCoy for all the tea in China, which is about all he's allowed to consume at the moment.