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What does envious mean?
Envious means feeling, full of, or expressing envy—a mostly negative feeling of desire for something that someone else has and you do not.
Envy is not a good feeling—it can be described as a mix of admiration and discontent. But it’s not necessarily malicious. Envious is very similar in meaning to jealous. However, jealous usually implies a deeper resentment, perhaps because you feel that you deserve the thing more than the other person, or that it is unfair that they have it.
Envious is often followed by the word of and the person or thing that’s the object of envy, as in I must admit that I’m envious of her talent.
Example: Other people’s perfectly curated social media feeds often cause us to feel envious, but we need to keep in mind that they don’t show the whole story of what someone’s life is like—only the highlights.
Where does envious come from?
The first records of the word envious come from the 1200s. It comes from the Latin invidia and ultimately derives from the Latin verb invidēre, meaning “to envy” or, more poetically, “to eye maliciously.”
Being envious often involves eyeing other people’s qualities or possessions, especially when they are better or more plentiful than the ones you have. Envy is one of the so-called seven deadly sins and has long been considered one of the vices that can lead people to do bad things. Still, most people are thought to be envious at one time or another. Enviousness can lead to bitterness, but it doesn’t have to. You can be envious of your friend’s success and still be happy for them. When you stop being happy for them and start to resent them for it, that’s being jealous.
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What are some other forms related to envious?
- enviousness (noun)
- enviously (adverb)
- envy (noun)
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How is envious used in real life?
Most people feel envious occasionally, but they usually only admit it when it’s not so serious.
Daily Game: A relative or a childhood friend could possibly be more envious of your success than a stranger… Because they started from the SAME place with the same possibilities..
— ICE T (@FINALLEVEL) April 28, 2020
im sometimes really envious of people who have their career path completely figured out, its truly a blessing to know what exactly you wanna do for a living without feeling you’re directionless & lost
— 🥑 (@krownnist) June 8, 2020
if your backyard is the woods just know i’m envious of u
— alexa (@glitter_bat_) July 17, 2020
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Is envious used correctly in the following sentence?
All the other interns were envious of me because I was the only one who got my own desk.
Example sentences from the Web for envious
She sends a miniature of her own image to the court, envious that it will enjoy a proximity she will never attain.Sor Juana: Mexico’s Most Erotic Poet and Its Most Dangerous Nun|Katie Baker|November 8, 2014|DAILY BEAST
But what if they also know that making us happy or sad or angry or envious would make us more likely to want what they have?
She does not shy from a fight, and she has a flair for political theater to make Ted Cruz envious.
A keen sailor, I was envious of the crew on board having the chance to sail on these stunning, shimmering blue waters.
Prior to the Zrće tourism boom, Pag residents described Novalja as a “small village” envious of Pag Town to the south.Party on in Pag: The Controversy on Croatia’s Hottest Island|Kristin Vukovic|August 25, 2013|DAILY BEAST
Lascelles, the silent spy of the archbishop, devoured with envious eyes Throckmorton's great back and golden beard.Privy Seal|Ford Madox Ford
His glance, long and greedy, betrayed how envious of me he was.The Seven-Branched Candlestick|Gilbert W. (Gilbert Wolf) Gabriel
If they did, their desire would be for virtue, and the envious feeling would not exist.Plutarch's Lives Volume III.|Plutarch
He tells the envious that the fame of Poets is immortal, and that theirs is not a life devoted to idleness.
My lovers love not me but my possessions, My friends are envious of my delights.Virginia, A Tragedy|Marion Forster Gilmore