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
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The mayor told the ECHO: "I just feel sorry for them that they haven't got better things to do.
Southampton striker Pelle said: "We feel sorry for them because it is not nice to lose like that.
Prosecutor Tudur Owen asked Wellings: If you felt sorry for the animals when you bought them do you not feel sorry for them now?
If any other celebrity had been held at knifepoint in her house, I'd feel sorry for them.
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.
You cannot help feel sorry for any of the victims in this terrible thing, you have to feel sorry for them,'' said Gates.
If his parents need something like that to remember him then I feel sorry for them.