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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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Below are some entries from our dictionary that may match your misery loves company search...
If shown, 2nd row is Simp. Chinese
|Simple Dictionary Definition|
| tóng bìng xiāng lián / tong2 bing4 xiang1 lian2
t`ung ping hsiang lien / tung ping hsiang lien
fellow sufferers empathize with each other (idiom); misery loves company
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The following table may be helpful for those studying Chinese or Japanese...
|Title||Characters||Romaji(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
|In some entries above you will see that characters have different versions above and below a line.|
In these cases, the characters above the line are Traditional Chinese, while the ones below are Simplified Chinese.
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