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enviable

[en-vee-uh-buh l] /ˈɛn vi ə bəl/
adjective
1.
worthy of envy; very desirable:
an enviable position.
Origin of enviable
1595-1605
First recorded in 1595-1605; envy + -able
Related forms
enviableness, noun
enviably, adverb
nonenviable, adjective
nonenviableness, noun
nonenviably, adverb
unenviable, adjective
unenviably, adverb
Can be confused
enviable, envious, jealous.
Synonyms
advantageous, fortunate, lucky.
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  • The position of Clay was one of unenviable distinction and power.

    Union and Democracy

    Allen Johnson
  • The public rebuked the unenviable notoriety of "Coal Oil Johnny."

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  • 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.

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    Anthony Trollope
  • I darted off on my unenviable quest, meeting the doctor on the stairs.

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British Dictionary definitions for unenviable

unenviable

/ʌnˈɛnvɪəbəl/
adjective
1.
not to be envied: the unenviable task

enviable

/ˈɛnvɪəbəl/
adjective
1.
exciting envy; fortunate or privileged
Derived Forms
enviableness, noun
enviably, adverb
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Word Origin and History for unenviable
adj.

1640s, from un- (1) "not" + enviable. Related: Unenviably.

enviable

adj.

c.1600, from envy + -able. Related: Enviably.

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