noun, plural en·vies.
verb (used with object), en·vied, en·vy·ing.
verb (used without object), en·vied, en·vy·ing.
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Origin of envy
synonym study for envy
words often confused with envy
historical usage of envy
Latin invidia is a derivative of the verb invidēre “to look askance at, regard with ill will, be jealous of, cast the evil eye on.” Invidēre is a compound of the preposition and prefix in, in- “in, into, at” and the simple verb vidēre “to see.”
OTHER WORDS FROM envyen·vy·ing·ly, adverbun·en·vied, adjectiveun·en·vy·ing, adjectiveun·en·vy·ing·ly, adverb
WORDS THAT MAY BE CONFUSED WITH envyenvy , jealousy(see confusables note at the current entry).
Example sentences from the Web for envy
Maybe at one point I would have envied these students who grew up in privileged families so often laden with trust funds.Stepford Sororities: The Pressures of USC’s Greek Life|Maya Richard Craven|November 17, 2014|DAILY BEAST
How you envied her, set yourself up in opposition to all that.
To his peers, he's an all-star eccentric who is pitied or clucked over protectively as often as he is envied.
As the years passed, I envied women who nonchalantly mentioned their periods as nothing more than a minor irritation.
My brother is a professional artist, and I always sort of envied him.
Annie-Many-Ponies, turning her eyes disappointedly from the empty mesa, envied the hawk his swift-winged freedom.The Heritage of the Sioux|B.M. Bower
Having no expensive tastes, they regarded themselves as well-to-do and envied no one.A Bookful of Girls|Anna Fuller
I never gave him anything; but I envied him his trade and his broom, and the money that continually fell into his old hat.The History of Samuel Titmarsh|William Makepeace Thackeray
That he was envied and hated is most true, but he was still more feared than either.The Life of Marie de Medicis, Vol. 3 (of 3)|Julia Pardoe
Mr. Parnell had made his entry into the city, and the occasion was one of a triumph such as an Emperor might have envied.Sketches In The House (1893)|T. P. O'Connor
British Dictionary definitions for envy
noun plural -vies
verb -vies, -vying or -vied
Derived forms of envyenvier, nounenvyingly, adverb
Word Origin for envy
Idioms and Phrases with envy
see green with envy.