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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JUST when you feel sorry for someone and the tough time they've had, they go and do something that makes you think ''Oh my Gawd!''.
Should we feel sorry for someone driven to submit himself to such indignities?
Rudolph Giuliani tells New York Times columnist Maureen Dowd his thoughts on John Walker, whom President Bush has referred to as "poor soul": "I could feel sorry for someone and still string 'em up."
Perhaps reviewers who listened to music and knew something about the recording artists they review would help - although I suppose one ought to feel sorry for someone who hasn't immersed themselves sufficiently in the old Blue Horizon catalogue to not confuse Chicken Shack and Fleetwood Mac.
Granted, it's pretty tough to feel sorry for someone who has risen so far so fast, and there's little doubt the 33-year-old has helped dig her own grave.
However, someone operating within the eudaimonistic tradition would feel sorry for someone just because the worthwhile was not instantiated or realized in their lives.
ONE can only feel sorry for someone being so silly as to choose to go to prison rather than pay a parking ticket, which was quite obviously justified ("Parking protester tells of time in prison after non-payment of fine", Echo, September 7).
Although you have to feel sorry for someone who seems to think horror films are for real.
However, this is no time to feel sorry for someone else being confined to the stocks.
It should be hard to feel sorry for someone who has as much as David Beckham but we do.
It's hard to feel sorry for someone who has millions in the bank, a level-headed attitude to fame and great family support.
"Corlis is likely to have felt very sorry for him and the more you feel sorry for someone the less likely you are to leave them.
He said: "You cannot feel sorry for someone in his position can you?
I almost feel sorry for someone like David Beckham who can't do a thing without seeing it splashed all over the newspapers.