As the years passed, I envied women who nonchalantly mentioned their periods as nothing more than a minor irritation.
As a 17-year-old midshipman, I envied your audacious style, senator.
My brother is a professional artist, and I always sort of envied him.
At the tail end of his second term, George W. Bush would have envied those numbers.
Al-Khatib's impassioned reception must be envied by his counterparts on the Olympics team.
Several reliable witnesses informed her that they had been seen (and envied) departing with the crocodile for Harlingden.
Yet, when fortune gave Ashley his chance he was not to be envied.
Our thoughts, too, flew coursing hand in hand through primrose paths, and the angels themselves were not to be envied.
Once before he had seen a number of boys whom he had envied.
He had a scent for copy that a New York reporter would have envied.
late 13c., from Old French envie "envy, jealousy, rivalry" (10c.), from Latin invidia "envy, jealousy," from invidus "envious," from invidere "envy," earlier "look at (with malice), cast an evil eye upon," from in- "upon" (see in- (2)) + videre "to see" (see vision).
Similar formations in Avestan nipashnaka "envious," also "look at;" Old Church Slavonic zavideti "to envy," from videti "to see;" Lithuanian pavydeti "to envy," related to veizdeti "to see, to look at."
late 14c., from Old French envier, from envie (see envy (n.)). Related: Envied; envying.