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envious

[en-vee-uh s]
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adjective
  1. full of, feeling, or expressing envy: envious of a person's success; an envious attack.
  2. Archaic.
    1. emulous.
    2. enviable.
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Origin of envious

1250–1300; Middle English < Anglo-French; Old French envieus < Latin invidiōsus invidious
Related formsen·vi·ous·ly, adverben·vi·ous·ness, nounnon·en·vi·ous, adjectivenon·en·vi·ous·ly, adverbnon·en·vi·ous·ness, nouno·ver·en·vi·ous, adjectiveo·ver·en·vi·ous·ly, adverbo·ver·en·vi·ous·ness, nounqua·si-en·vi·ous, adjectivequa·si-en·vi·ous·ly, adverbun·en·vi·ous, adjectiveun·en·vi·ous·ly, adverb
Can be confusedenviable envious jealous

Synonyms

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1. resentful, jealous, covetous.
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Examples from the Web for enviousness

Historical Examples

  • "Do not give way to the enviousness of your sister's lot," he admonished her, very grave, in his deep voice.

    Nostromo: A Tale of the Seaboard

    Joseph Conrad

  • "It's nothing but enviousness," he said in a lowered tone, which had a stimulating effect upon my wearied hearing.

    Falk

    Joseph Conrad

  • For that reason, perhaps, being free from that enviousness that characterizes so many girls, she was a beauty-lover.


British Dictionary definitions for enviousness

envious

adjective
  1. feeling, showing, or resulting from envy
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Derived Formsenviously, adverbenviousness, noun

Word Origin

C13: from Anglo-Norman, ultimately from Latin invidiōsus full of envy, invidious; see envy
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Word Origin and History for enviousness

envious

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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