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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
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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  • Like the Jesuits he enjoys a most unenviable reputation among Protestants.

  • Not for this, however, would I let him remain in his unenviable position.

  • South Carolina has long had the unenviable distinction of being by far the darkest state in the Union.

    The Color Line William Benjamin Smith
  • “It is an unenviable advantage to have of you,” returned the other, with a sad smile.

    The Lonely Island R.M. Ballantyne
  • Perhaps the boy had decided to elect him to this unenviable office.

    An Arkansas Planter Opie Percival Read
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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