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Feeling, expressing, or characterized by envy: "At times he regarded the wounded soldiers in an envious way.... He wished that he, too, had a wound, a red badge of courage" (Stephen Crane). See Usage Note at jealous.

en′vi·ous·ly adv.
en′vi·ous·ness n.
ThesaurusAntonymsRelated WordsSynonymsLegend:
Noun1.enviousness - a feeling of grudging admiration and desire to have something that is possessed by anotherenviousness - a feeling of grudging admiration and desire to have something that is possessed by another
bitterness, rancor, rancour, resentment, gall - a feeling of deep and bitter anger and ill-will
covetousness - an envious eagerness to possess something
green-eyed monster, jealousy - a feeling of jealous envy (especially of a rival)
penis envy - (psychoanalysis) a female's presumed envy of the male's penis; said to explain femininity


Resentful or painful desire for another's advantages:
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They had to be protected; and their horses, carriages, houses, servants had to be protected; and the source of their wealth had to be protected in the heart of the city and the heart of the country; the whole social order favourable to their hygienic idleness had to be protected against the shallow enviousness of unhygienic labour.
It's nothing but enviousness," he said in a low ered tone, which had a stimulating effect upon my wearied hearing.
And was it not something like enviousness which gripped his heart, as if of a privilege denied to him alone of all the men that had ever passed through this world?
The down side would be the mix of feelings between inspiration and enviousness.
These egoism, selfishness, are the bedrock of a conspiracy, and university system enviousness.
Here, Dickson returns to Girard's work to set up a contrast with Jonson, who aims at a more positive reading of emulation's self-improving aspects over destructive enviousness.