- The definition of envy is feeling jealous.
An example of envy is the strong desire for a friend's brand new car.
- Envy is defined as to regard with jealousy.
An example of envy is to desire a best friend's new job.
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- a feeling of discontent and ill will because of another's advantages, possessions, etc.; resentful dislike of another who has something that one desires
- desire for some advantage, quality, etc. that another has
- an object of envious feeling
- Obsolete ill will; spite
Origin: Middle English and amp; Old French envie ; from Classical Latin invidia ; from invidus, having hatred or ill will ; from invidere, to look askance at ; from in-, inch(es) upon plush videre, to look: see wise
- envyingly adverb
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noun pl. en·vies
- a. A feeling of discontent and resentment aroused by and in conjunction with desire for the possessions or qualities of another.b. The object of such feeling: Their new pool made them the envy of their neighbors.
- Obsolete Malevolence.
- To feel envy toward.
- To regard with envy.
Origin: Middle English envie, from Old French, from Latin invidia, from invidus, envious, from invidēre, to look at with envy : in-, in, on; see en-1 + vidēre, to see; see weid- in Indo-European roots. V., from Middle English envien, from Old French envier, from Latin invidēre.
- enˈvi·er noun
- enˈvy·ing·ly adverb