noun, plural en·vies.
verb (used with object), en·vied, en·vy·ing.
verb (used without object), en·vied, en·vy·ing.
Origin of envy
Synonyms for envy
Examples from the Web for envies
Historical Examples of envies
Treaty of Seville; a part to be acted on the world-theatre, with applauses, with envies, almost from the very demi-gods?History Of Friedrich II. of Prussia, Vol. VI. (of XXI.)
It is absurd to disapprove of what one envies, or to wish a good thing were no more because it has passed out of our possession.And Even Now
No man ever envies us the nimbleness by which we can elude logic and get at truth?The Joys of Being a Woman
He hears of no swordsman but he envies his reputation, and must needs put his valour to the proof.The Fair Maid of Perth
Sir Walter Scott
The world wants our coal, envies us for having it, fears us because of it.Conservation Through Engineering
Franklin K. Lane
noun plural -vies
verb -vies, -vying or -vied
Word Origin for envy
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."
see green with envy.