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envy

[en-vee] /ˈɛn vi/
noun, plural envies.
1.
a feeling of discontent or covetousness with regard to another's advantages, success, possessions, etc.
2.
an object of such feeling:
Her intelligence made her the envy of her classmates.
3.
Obsolete. ill will.
verb (used with object), envied, envying.
4.
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.
verb (used without object), envied, envying.
5.
Obsolete. to be affected with envy.
Origin of envy
1250-1300
1250-1300; (noun) Middle English envie < Old French < Latin invidia, equivalent to invid(us) envious (derivative of invidēre to envy; see invidious) + -ia -y3; (v.) Middle English envien < Old French envier < Medieval Latin invidiāre, derivative of Latin invidia
Related forms
envyingly, adverb
unenvied, adjective
unenvying, adjective
unenvyingly, adverb
Can be confused
envy, jealousy (see synonym study at the current entry)
Synonyms
1. enviousness. Envy and jealousy are very close in meaning. Envy denotes a longing to possess something awarded to or achieved by another: to feel envy when a friend inherits a fortune. Jealousy, on the other hand, denotes a feeling of resentment that another has gained something that one more rightfully deserves: to feel jealousy when a coworker receives a promotion. Jealousy also refers to anguish caused by fear of unfaithfulness. 4. resent. Envy, begrudge, covet refer to one's attitude toward the possessions or attainments of others. To envy is to feel resentful and unhappy because someone else possesses, or has achieved, what one wishes oneself to possess, or to have achieved: to envy the wealthy, a woman's beauty, an honest man's reputation. To begrudge is to be unwilling that another should have the possessions, honors, or credit that person deserves: to begrudge a man a reward for heroism. To covet is to long jealously to possess what someone else possesses: I covet your silverware.
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Examples from the Web for envying
Historical Examples
  • For where envying and contention is: there is inconstancy and every evil work.

  • Is there any need of envying Polly in the great drawing-room?

    Floyd Grandon's Honor Amanda Minnie Douglas
  • She cast her glances right and left, seeing them and envying.

    Married Life May Edginton
  • I'm envying you terrible, Rube, being there every day and watching the thing grow.

    Kiddie the Scout Robert Leighton
  • He returns her affection, but she fancies every one else is wanting him and envying her.

  • "Of course, I do," said the General, envying one grandfather.

    The Christmas Peace Thomas Nelson Page
  • Lorne watched him make it, envying him his assurance; and Miss Milburn was aware that he watched and aware that he envied.

    The Imperialist (a.k.a. Mrs. Everard Cotes) Sara Jeannette Duncan
  • For where envying and strife is, there is confusion and every evil work.

  • Pocahontas, who had been wondering where to bestow herself, noticed the envying glances they cast in its direction.

    The Princess Pocahontas Virginia Watson
  • He tried hard to despise the braggart, but ended with envying him.

    Tales From Two Hemispheres Hjalmar Hjorth Boysen
British Dictionary definitions for envying

envy

/ˈɛnvɪ/
noun (pl) -vies
1.
a feeling of grudging or somewhat admiring discontent aroused by the possessions, achievements, or qualities of another
2.
the desire to have for oneself something possessed by another; covetousness
3.
an object of envy
verb -vies, -vying, -vied
4.
to be envious of (a person or thing)
Derived Forms
envier, noun
envyingly, adverb
Word Origin
C13: via Old French from Latin invidia, from invidēre to eye maliciously, from in-² + vidēre to see
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Word Origin and History for envying

envy

n.

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."

v.

late 14c., from Old French envier, from envie (see envy (n.)). Related: Envied; envying.

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Idioms and Phrases with envying

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