a feeling of discontent or covetousness with regard to another's advantages, success, possessions, etc.
an object of such feeling: Her intelligence made her the envy of her classmates.
Obsolete. ill will.
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.
Obsolete. to be affected with envy.
Idioms about envy
green with envy, full of envy; covetous: When my friends saw the enormous rock on my engagement ring, they were all green with 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.”
- en·vy·ing·ly, adverb
- un·en·vied, adjective
- un·en·vy·ing, adjective
- un·en·vy·ing·ly, adverb
- envy , jealousy (see confusables note at the current entry)
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How to use envy in a sentence
New England, the franchise he called home for 20 seasons, had to watch in envy as Brady triumphed with a new squad.Tom Brady, the one-man dynasty, was Tampa Bay’s perfect missing piece | Jerry Brewer | February 8, 2021 | Washington Post
Spending long periods passively scrolling through social media, for example, is linked to greater feelings of envy and loneliness, and a higher risk of depression.
The truth is, as with many instances of envy, this strain of green-eyed monster is born of inequity.
Tinkle, the aspiring wildlands firefighter with the Brown degree, said people often react to her story by expressing envy for her less conventional route to a job.More people with bachelor’s degrees go back to school to learn skilled trades | Jon Marcus | November 20, 2020 | Washington Post
This sparked some envy among the locals, and Friedman started getting requests from neighbors to use his closed-off personal shed.The Pandemic’s Unlikely Revelation: Closet Offices | Joshua Eferighe | November 17, 2020 | Ozy
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 | THE 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.A New Hysterectomy Procedure Eliminates Massive Scarring and Long Recovery Time. So Why Aren’t More Doctors On Board? | Heather Wilson | March 30, 2014 | THE DAILY BEAST
My brother is a professional artist, and I always sort of envied him.
We never see such horrors now; and I actually envied Pit Town the possession of that picture.The Pit Town Coronet, Volume I (of 3) | Charles James Wills
If Wee Willie Winkie took an interest in anyone, the fortunate man was envied alike by the mess and the rank and file.Kipling Stories and Poems Every Child Should Know, Book II | Rudyard Kipling
He sang bravura airs with a facility of vocalisation any prima donna might have envied.The Life & Letters of Peter Ilich Tchaikovsky | Modeste Tchaikovsky
She had seen no married happiness that she envied, even where there was a fine measure of love and philosophy.Ancestors | Gertrude Atherton
Sukey had before envied Catharine the possession of a gold necklace; but that grew dim before the glory of this London gown.
British Dictionary definitions for envy
a feeling of grudging or somewhat admiring discontent aroused by the possessions, achievements, or qualities of another
the desire to have for oneself something possessed by another; covetousness
an object of envy
to be envious of (a person or thing)
- envier, noun
- envyingly, adverb
Collins English Dictionary - Complete & Unabridged 2012 Digital Edition © William Collins Sons & Co. Ltd. 1979, 1986 © HarperCollins Publishers 1998, 2000, 2003, 2005, 2006, 2007, 2009, 2012
Other Idioms and Phrases with envy
see green with envy.
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