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Misery Loves Company

tóng bìng xiāng lián
doubyou shou awaremu
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This Chinese proverb means, "fellow sufferers empathize with each other" or to match it with a western idiom, "misery loves company". 同病相憐 is also somewhat known in Korean Hanja.

This could be two people who were just dumped by a girlfriend/boyfriend or just divorced. They're drawn together either by their misery, or because of the need to share their miserable experience with someone else.

同病相憐 is probably the saddest proverb in our collection.

Literally the characters mean:
同 together with
病 illness, sickness, disease (in this case, just the mental anguish after some kind of event or life issue)
相 mutual, reciprocal, each other
憐 pity, sympathize

In Japanese, this is written with two extra Hiragana on the end like this: 同病相憐れむ
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Title CharactersRomaji (Romanized Japanese)Various forms of Romanized Chinese
Misery Loves Company同病相憐
doubyou shou awaremu
dobyo sho awaremu
tóng bìng xiāng lián
tong2 bing4 xiang1 lian2
tong bing xiang lian
t`ung ping hsiang lien
tung ping hsiang lien
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tóng bìng xiāng lián
    tong2 bing4 xiang1 lian2
t`ung ping hsiang lien
    tung ping hsiang lien
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fellow sufferers empathize with each other (idiom); misery loves company

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