- 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.
Origin of envy
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Examples from the Web for envied
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
How you envied her, set yourself up in opposition to all that.Why Does Everyone Hate Lea Michele?
October 9, 2014
To his peers, he's an all-star eccentric who is pitied or clucked over protectively as often as he is envied.Will the Real Jim Palmer Please Stand Up
September 27, 2014
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.How I Write: David Baldacci
March 19, 2014
His rival could no longer enjoy the boat which he had envied him.Brave and Bold
It isn't true that the weak and poor are to be envied beyond the powerful.The Bacillus of Beauty
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?
With what cheerfulness will I assign over this envied estate!
- 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)
Word Origin and History for envied
late 14c., from Old French envier, from envie (see envy (n.)). Related: Envied; envying.
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."
Idioms and Phrases with envied
see green with envy.