- a feeling of discontent or covetousness with regard to another's advantages, success, possessions, etc.
- an object of such feeling: Her intelligence made her the envy of her classmates.
- Obsolete. ill will.
- to regard (a person or thing) with envy: She envies you for your success. I envy your writing ability. He envies her the position she has achieved in her profession.
- Obsolete. to be affected with envy.
Origin of envy
SynonymsSee more synonyms for envy on Thesaurus.com
Examples from the Web for envy
I envy my refusenik friends their steadfast commitments to stay in, and contentment in doing so.The Refuseniks Hiding From ‘Happy New Year’
December 31, 2014
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
October 31, 2014
I had found the one and only thing in the entire universe for which Ben Bradlee might envy me: my age.Ben Bradlee Was the Last of the Newspaper Giants
October 22, 2014
I envy Muslims their practice of regular and genuine prayer.Can We Lose the Violent Muslim Cliché?
October 12, 2014
Many in the neighboring North Caucasus republics say they envy Chechnya its strong leader.Ramzan Kadyrov: The Man Between Putin and ISIS
October 8, 2014
He wears the look of one who is gnawed with envy, and he heaves the sigh of despair.The Spenders
Harry Leon Wilson
At times we are as much the object of their envy as they ever are of ours.
There was a pride in the statement with regard to which my first feeling was a pang of envy.
She was gowned, too, with a chic nicety to arouse the envy of all less-fortunate women.Within the Law
Deep in his heart was a gnawing of envy—not for himself, but for his work.K
Mary Roberts Rinehart
- a feeling of grudging or somewhat admiring discontent aroused by the possessions, achievements, or qualities of another
- the desire to have for oneself something possessed by another; covetousness
- an object of envy
- to be envious of (a person or thing)
Word Origin and History for envy
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."
late 14c., from Old French envier, from envie (see envy (n.)). Related: Envied; envying.
Idioms and Phrases with envy
see green with envy.