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Old Church Slavonic

Etymology

Cognates include Old Norse kvelja, Old English cwellan, Old High German quellan, Armenian կեղ (keł), sore, ulcer).

Noun

жаль (žalĭ) f.

  1. grave

Russian

Etymology

Adverbial form made from жалость

Pronunciation

Predicative

жаль (žal’) (invariable, impersonal form)

  1. it's a pity
  2. (with the subject in the dative) pities, is sorry
    Ему́ жаль еёHe pities her.
    Мне жаль смотре́ть на неёIt grieves me to look at her.
    Ему́ жаль куска́ хле́баHe begrudges a crust of bread.
    о́чень жальmore’s the pity.
    как жаль!what a pity!

Verb

жаль (žal’)

  1. Imperative of жалить: bite!, sting!







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