- worthy of envy; very desirable: an enviable position.
Origin of enviable
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advantageous, fortunate, lucky.
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Examples from the Web for unenviable
Her position is unenviable: she is saddled with a memorable debut TV role and then a memorable, failed marriage.How Can Katie Holmes Escape Tom Cruise—and ‘Dawson’s Creek’?
October 30, 2014
For the last several years, Geithner has occupied perhaps the most unenviable position in Washington.On the Fiscal Cliff, Republicans Got Nothin’
December 2, 2012
In the weeks that followed, Semenya made headlines around the world—under some of the most unenviable circumstances imaginable.Caster Semenya And The IOC’s Olympics Gender Bender
July 26, 2012
As authorities sort out the investigation, SuperJet faces the unenviable task of pulling a successful program from the wreckage.Russia’s SuperJet Crash in Indonesia Raises Questions of Cause
May 11, 2012
Bernanke is in the unenviable position of trying to run an organization where ideally, he wants consensus.This is Why the Federal Reserve Can't Save the Economy
April 13, 2012
The position of Clay was one of unenviable distinction and power.Union and Democracy
The public rebuked the unenviable notoriety of "Coal Oil Johnny."Watch Yourself Go By
Al. G. Field
This was that Maurice was endowed with the unenviable gift of the evil eye.A Mortal Antipathy
Oliver Wendell Holmes, Sr.
And then he betook himself to bed in a frame of mind that was not unenviable.Orley Farm
I darted off on my unenviable quest, meeting the doctor on the stairs.My Friend Smith
Talbot Baines Reed
- not to be enviedthe unenviable task
- exciting envy; fortunate or privileged
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Word Origin and History for unenviable
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