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.
Idioms about envy
green with envy, full of envy; covetous: When my friends saw the enormous rock on my engagement ring, they were all green with envy.
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.”
- en·vy·ing·ly, adverb
- un·en·vied, adjective
- un·en·vy·ing, adjective
- un·en·vy·ing·ly, adverb
- envy , jealousy (see confusables note at the current entry)
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How to use envy in a sentence
I was jonesing for the shot — like a lot of people, I had vaccine envy.Gene Weingarten: I admit it. Like a lot of people, I had vaccine envy. | Gene Weingarten | February 18, 2021 | Washington Post
I believe envy can be a problem, but I think about it differently.How to Succeed by Being Authentic (Hint: Carefully) (Ep. 438) | Stephen J. Dubner | November 5, 2020 | Freakonomics
As I made my way through the series, I found myself envying young readers.Speed Read: J.K. Rowling Pens Another Winner With ‘The Silkworm’ | Malcolm Jones | June 13, 2014 | THE DAILY BEAST
He had had the pleasure of seeing the Serjeant, and of envying him too, with all a poor man's envy, for eight years and a quarter.The Pickwick Papers | Charles Dickens
But if ye have bitter envying and strife in your hearts, glory not, and lie not against the truth.Female Scripture Biographies, Vol. II | Francis Augustus Cox
Conan watched in an almost impersonal fascination, envying the monster his inhuman strength.The Devil in Iron | Robert E. Howard
I envy her Peter with a passion almost pain; and now I find myself envying her a school friend!Mavis of Green Hill | Faith Baldwin
The last was appointed to that portion which lay across the Moss, neither of the other two envying his lot.Lives of the Engineers | Samuel Smiles
British Dictionary definitions for envy
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)
- envier, noun
- envyingly, adverb
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Other Idioms and Phrases with envy
see green with envy.
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