- a feeling of discontent or covetousness with regard to another's advantages, success, possessions, etc.
- an object of such feeling: Her intelligence made her the envy of her classmates.
- Obsolete. ill will.
- to regard (a person or thing) with envy: She envies you for your success. I envy your writing ability. He envies her the position she has achieved in her profession.
- Obsolete. to be affected with envy.
Origin of envy
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Examples from the Web for envies
Once, in my youth that is passed, I too had my hates and my envies.Poems
William D. Howells
One envies these sick fellows, sometimes, the venom they get from bad health.The Fortunes Of Glencore
Charles James Lever
Poor Peter,” said I, “no doubt he envies me my charge of you, Jeannette.Sir Ludar
Talbot Baines Reed
Somebody who is poor, and who now, for the first time, envies the rich.The Home
One of your legs goes to sleep and the rest of you envies the leg.Cobb's Bill-of-Fare
Irvin Shrewsbury Cobb
- a feeling of grudging or somewhat admiring discontent aroused by the possessions, achievements, or qualities of another
- the desire to have for oneself something possessed by another; covetousness
- an object of envy
- to be envious of (a person or thing)
Word Origin and History for envies
late 14c., from Old French envier, from envie (see envy (n.)). Related: Envied; envying.
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."
Idioms and Phrases with envies
see green with envy.