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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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)
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What does envy mean?
Envy is 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. Envy is very similar in meaning to jealousy. However, jealousy 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.
Envy is also a verb meaning to have feelings of envy toward someone. It is always followed by the person or thing that’s envied, as in I must admit that I envy her talent.
As a noun, it can also be used to refer to the object of envy, as in She was the envy of the entire office after getting the promotion.
Someone who envies another person can be described as envious, as in I was envious of him and his popularity. Someone who’s very envious is said to be green with envy. Things that produce envy in others can be described as enviable, as in It’s an enviable position, with a lot of perks.
Example: Other people’s perfectly curated social media feeds often cause us to feel envy, 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 envy come from?
The first records of the word envy come from the 1200s. It comes from the Latin invidia, a derivative of the Latin verb invidēre, meaning “to envy” or, more poetically, “to eye maliciously.”
Being full of envy often involves eyeing up 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 experience envy at one time or another. Envy 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 jealousy.
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What are some other forms related to envy?
- envious (adjective)
- enviousness (noun)
- enviable (adjective)
- envyingly (adverb)
- unenvied (adjective)
- unenvying (adjective)
- unenvyingly (adverb)
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How is envy used in real life?
Most people feel envy occasionally, but they usually only admit it when it’s not so serious.
Serious envy for future generations who would have the option of just …. turning them off. https://t.co/0rouvMSBGq
— Tanya 😷 (@HotDamnTee) July 17, 2020
While you can't control when you feel envy, you can choose whether to feel shameful about it or not. https://t.co/bVnkjWtMe9
— Harvard Business Review (@HarvardBiz) June 17, 2020
surround yourself by people who are happy for you & support you & love you & who don’t envy you.
— angela🌹 (@angelaasalazarr) July 21, 2020
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Is envy used correctly in the following sentence?
All the other interns envied me because I was the only one who got my own desk.
Example sentences from the Web for envy
Attempts to promote new fashions, harness the “propulsive power of envy,” and boost sales multiplied in Britain in the late 18th century.
“We are committed to making our rail operations control center a safety standard-bearer and envy of the transit industry,” Wiedefeld said.Metro disputes audit that claimed rail control center was ‘toxic workplace’ environment|Justin George|December 11, 2020|Washington Post
Disney has experimented with the premium digital release of “Mulan” and the upcoming Pixar release “Soul,” but its box-office might has been the envy of Hollywood.Disney plans to stream a galaxy of Star Wars, Marvel series|Verne Kopytoff|December 10, 2020|Fortune
Find people to spend your life with who have similar money views as you and it will save you a lot of unnecessary stress, envy and wasteful spending.The 20 most important personal finance laws to live by|Ben Carlson|December 8, 2020|Fortune
Seeing a new group arrive from the city, with all their toes intact, shiny hair, “fat and delicious-looking,” Agnes drools—maybe with envy, maybe because they so appetizingly resemble healthy livestock in her world of jerky and morning mush.
I envy my refusenik friends their steadfast commitments to stay in, and contentment in doing so.
Europeans seem to find them exotic, an odd case of culture-envy in reverse.
I don’t think that happened in the ‘90s and the ‘80s and I wonder if there’s a purity to that that I envy sometimes.How Aidy Bryant Stealthily Became Your Favorite ‘Saturday Night Live’ Star|Kevin Fallon|October 31, 2014|DAILY BEAST
I had found the one and only thing in the entire universe for which Ben Bradlee might envy me: my age.
I envy Muslims their practice of regular and genuine prayer.
It is then we make him our friend, which sets us above the envy and contempt of wicked men.
Consult not with him that layeth a snare for thee, and hide thy counsel from them that envy thee.The Bible, Douay-Rheims Version|Various
She expatiated on his father's character; on the envy of his rivals; and dated his fall to their ambition alone.The Pastor's Fire-side Vol. 3 of 4|Jane Porter
She had a graceful figure, and the slender foot below her white piqué skirt was at once the envy and admiration of Aix-les-Bains.The Joyous Adventures of Aristide Pujol|William J. Locke
Like his father, he had to bear all that Spanish envy and Spanish malignity could inflict.
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.