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.
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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, for, somebody, sorry
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So I feel sorry for them. We have people in Iran who could, and whenever given a chance, produce high quality literature, theatre, cinema and art.
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Lastly, if the more conservative churches of the Anglican Communion continue to find this course offensive, then I would encourage us to feel sorry for them, but not to apologize to them.
"It's difficult for them, but at the end of the day I don't feel sorry for them because it could have easily been us," said Harris.
I would love to switch bank accounts with them for one day, then I would really feel sorry for them - SS, Glenrothes.