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envy

[en-vee]
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noun, plural en·vies.
  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.
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verb (used with object), en·vied, en·vy·ing.
  1. 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.
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verb (used without object), en·vied, en·vy·ing.
  1. Obsolete. to be affected with envy.
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Origin of envy

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 formsen·vy·ing·ly, adverbun·en·vied, adjectiveun·en·vy·ing, adjectiveun·en·vy·ing·ly, adverb
Can be confusedenvy jealousy (see synonym study at the current entry)

Synonyms

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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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  • His rival could no longer enjoy the boat which he had envied him.

    Brave and Bold

    Horatio Alger

  • It isn't true that the weak and poor are to be envied beyond the powerful.

  • Weren't they, after all, to be envied, rooted as they were in their solid simplicity?

    Dust

    Mr. and Mrs. Haldeman-Julius

  • If you were envied, why should you sharpen envy, and file up its teeth to an edge?

    Clarissa, Volume 2 (of 9)

    Samuel Richardson

  • With what cheerfulness will I assign over this envied estate!

    Clarissa, Volume 2 (of 9)

    Samuel Richardson


British Dictionary definitions for envied

envy

noun plural -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
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verb -vies, -vying or -vied
  1. to be envious of (a person or thing)
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Derived Formsenvier, nounenvyingly, 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 envied

envy

v.

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

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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."

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Online Etymology Dictionary, © 2010 Douglas Harper

Idioms and Phrases with envied

envy

see green with envy.

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