SYNONYMS | EXAMPLES | WORD ORIGIN adjective full of, feeling, or expressing envy: envious of a person's success; an envious attack. Origin of envious 1250–1300; Middle English
Anglo-French; Old French envieus
Latin invidiōsus invidious Related forms en·vi·ous·ly, adverb en·vi·ous·ness, noun non·en·vi·ous, adjective non·en·vi·ous·ly, adverb non·en·vi·ous·ness, noun o·ver·en·vi·ous, adjective o·ver·en·vi·ous·ly, adverb o·ver·en·vi·ous·ness, noun qua·si-en·vi·ous, adjective qua·si-en·vi·ous·ly, adverb un·en·vi·ous, adjective un·en·vi·ous·ly, adverb
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Examples from the Web for enviousness Historical Examples of enviousness
"Do not give way to the
enviousness of your sister's lot," he admonished her, very grave, in his deep voice.
"It's nothing but
enviousness," he said in a lowered tone, which had a stimulating effect upon my wearied hearing.
For that reason, perhaps, being free from that
enviousness that characterizes so many girls, she was a beauty-lover. British Dictionary definitions for enviousness adjective feeling, showing, or resulting from envy Derived Forms enviously, adverb enviousness, noun Word Origin for envious
C13: from Anglo-Norman, ultimately from Latin
invidiōsus full of envy, invidious; see envy
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Word Origin and History for enviousness adj.
c.1300, from Anglo-French
envious, Old French envieus (13c.), earlier envidius (12c., Modern French envieux), from Latin invidiosus "full of envy" (source of Spanish envidioso, Italian invidioso, Portuguese invejoso), from invidia (see envy). Related: Enviously; enviousness.
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