envy


envy
envyingly, adv.
/en"vee/, n., pl. envies, v., envied, envying.
n.
1. a feeling of discontent or covetousness with regard to another's advantages, success, possessions, etc.
2. an object of envious feeling: Her intelligence made her the envy of her classmates.
3. Obs. ill will.
v.t.
4. to regard with envy; be envious of: He envies her the position she has achieved in her profession.
v.i.
5. Obs. to be affected with envy.
[1250-1300; (n.) ME envie < OF < L invidia, equiv. to invid(us) envious (deriv. of invidere to envy; see INVIDIOUS) + -ia -Y3; (v.) ME envien < OF envier < ML invidiare, deriv. of L invidia]
Syn. 1. enviousness. ENVY and JEALOUSY are very close in meaning. ENVY denotes a longing to possess something awarded to or achieved by another: to feel envy when a friend inherits a fortune. JEALOUSY, on the other hand, denotes a feeling of resentment that another has gained something that one more rightfully deserves: to feel jealousy when a coworker receives a promotion. JEALOUSY also refers to anguish caused by fear of unfaithfulness. 4. resent. ENVY, BEGRUDGE, COVET refer to one's attitude toward the possessions or
attainments of others. To ENVY is to feel resentful and unhappy because someone else possesses, or has achieved, what one wishes oneself to possess, or to have achieved: to envy the wealthy, a woman's beauty, an honest man's reputation. To BEGRUDGE is to be unwilling that another should have the possessions, honors, or credit that person deserves: to begrudge a man a reward for heroism. To COVET is to long jealously to possess what someone else possesses: I covet your silverware.

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