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envious

[en-vee-uh s] /ˈɛn vi əs/
adjective
1.
full of, feeling, or expressing envy:
envious of a person's success; an envious attack.
2.
Archaic.
  1. emulous.
  2. enviable.
Origin of envious
1250-1300
1250-1300; Middle English < Anglo-French; Old French envieus < Latin invidiōsus invidious
Related forms
enviously, adverb
enviousness, noun
nonenvious, adjective
nonenviously, adverb
nonenviousness, noun
overenvious, adjective
overenviously, adverb
overenviousness, noun
quasi-envious, adjective
quasi-enviously, adverb
unenvious, adjective
unenviously, adverb
Can be confused
enviable, envious, jealous.
Synonyms
1. resentful, jealous, covetous.
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  • "The mountain shall not wed the sea," muttered the envious air.

  • But if I was a blundering amateur in all this, they were not so much discourteous as envious.

    City of Endless Night Milo Hastings
  • I could not tell whether the envious veil was raised; she was reading a letter.

    The Room in the Dragon Volant J. Sheridan LeFanu
  • I thought they were envious and disliked you because you did things in your own way.

    Cy Whittaker's Place Joseph C. Lincoln
  • But envious people are whispering that you are afraid of the part.

    The Christian Hall Caine
British Dictionary definitions for envious

envious

/ˈɛnvɪəs/
adjective
1.
feeling, showing, or resulting from envy
Derived Forms
enviously, adverb
enviousness, noun
Word Origin
C13: from Anglo-Norman, ultimately from Latin invidiōsus full of envy, invidious; see envy
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Word Origin and History for envious
adj.

c.1300, from Anglo-French envious, Old French envieus (13c.), earlier envidius (12c., Modern French envieux), from Latin invidiosus "full of envy" (source of Spanish envidioso, Italian invidioso, Portuguese invejoso), from invidia (see envy). Related: Enviously; enviousness.

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