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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Idioms for envy
Origin of envy
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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
He still envies Adrian, who has taken control of his life and its narrative by ending it so early.
It will add ever so much to our fun—everybody I know simply loves and envies me my darling 'calico' pony!Dorothy at Skyrie|Evelyn Raymond
There was little room in his mind for the envies of stronger men.That Lass O' Lowrie's|Frances Hodgson Burnett
Besides, I know how many envies still attack the reputation of this most eminent man.Giovanni Boccaccio, a Biographical Study|Edward Hutton
Carlo Nobis envies him also; but he has so much pride in his body that, purely from pride, he does not allow it to be perceived.Cuore (Heart)|Edmondo De Amicis
Stupid Polish Majesty has his natural envies, jealousies, of a Brandenburg waxing over his head at this rate.History of Friedrich II. of Prussia, Vol. XV. (of XXI.)|Thomas Carlyle
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.