Envy meaning

ĕnvē
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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To regard (something) with envy.
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To feel envy toward (another person).
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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.
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Desire for some advantage, quality, etc. that another has.
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To feel displeasure or hatred towards (someone) for their good fortune or possessions. [from 14th c.]
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Resentful desire of something possessed by another or others (but not limited to material possessions). [from 13th c.]
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(obs.) Ill will; spite.
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An object of envious notice or feeling.
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The definition of envy is feeling jealous.

An example of envy is the strong desire for a friend's brand new car.

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(obsolete) Malevolence.
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To feel envy toward, at, or because of; regard with envy.
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(obs.) To feel or show envy.
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1598, William Shakespeare, Henry IV part 1.

But let me tell the World, / If he out-liue the enuie of this day, / England did neuer owe so sweet a hope, / So much misconstrued in his Wantonnesse.

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An object of envious feeling.

Her new role makes her the envy of every actress in town.

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Origin of envy

  • Middle English envie from Old French from Latin invidia from invidus envious from invidēre to look at with envy in- in, on en–1 vidēre to see weid- in Indo-European roots V., from Middle English envien from Old French envier from Latin invidēre

    From American Heritage Dictionary of the English Language, 5th Edition

  • From Middle English envie, from Old French envie, from Latin invidia (“envy”), from invidere (“to look at with malice”) from in + videre ("on, upon" + "to look, see"). Displaced native Middle English ande, onde (“envy”) (from Old English anda, onda (“breath, emotion, envy, hatred, grudge, dislike”)), Middle English nithe, nith (“envy, malice”) (from Old English nīþ (“envy, hatred, malice, spite, jealousy”)).

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