A feeling of deep distress caused by loss, disappointment, or other misfortune suffered by oneself or others
synonyms: sadness, despair, woe, heartache
I tried to save a tiny bird that had been hit by a car. It was stuck on its back with its little legs twitching, looking terrified. I felt like throwing up. I couldn’t just leave it there, so I gently scooped it up, but it died within seconds.
Its death was a relief, though. Seeing anything suffer makes me sick.
Watching a fish flopping and struggling on a pier in much the same way when I was fifteen is what made me decide to stop eating meat.