жаль

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Old Church Slavonic[edit]

Etymology[edit]

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

Noun[edit]

жаль (žalĭf

  1. grave

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Russian[edit]

Pronunciation[edit]

  • IPA(key): [ʐalʲ]
  • (file)

Etymology 1[edit]

Adverbial form made from жа́лость (žálostʹ).

Predicative[edit]

жаль (žalʹ) (invariable, impersonal form)

  1. it's a pity
  2. (with the subject in the dative) pities, is sorry
    Ему́ жаль её.Jemú žalʹ jejó.He pities her.
    Мне жаль смотре́ть на неё.Mne žalʹ smotrétʹ na nejó.It grieves me to look at her.
    Ему́ жаль куска́ хле́ба.Jemú žalʹ kuská xléba.He begrudges a crust of bread.
    о́чень жаль.óčenʹ žalʹ.more's the pity.
    как жаль!kak žalʹ!what a pity!
Descendants[edit]
  • Bashkir: йәл (yäl, it's a pity)
  • Finnish: sääli (pity, mercy)
  • Tatar: жәл (jäl, it's a pity)

Etymology 2[edit]

Verb[edit]

жаль (žalʹ)

  1. second-person singular imperative imperfective of жа́лить (žálitʹ, bite, sting)

Ukrainian[edit]

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Noun[edit]

жаль (žalʹm inan (genitive жа́лю or жалю́, nominative plural жалі́, genitive plural жалі́в)

  1. regret, grief, sorrow, pity

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