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en·vy

 (ĕn′vē)
n. pl. en·vies
1.
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.
2. Obsolete Malevolence.
tr.v. en·vied, en·vy·ing, en·vies
1. To feel envy toward (another person).
2. To regard (something) with envy.

[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.]

en′vi·er n.
en′vy·ing·ly adv.

envy

(ˈɛnvɪ)
n, pl -vies
1. a feeling of grudging or somewhat admiring discontent aroused by the possessions, achievements, or qualities of another
2. the desire to have for oneself something possessed by another; covetousness
3. an object of envy
vb, -vies, -vying or -vied
to be envious of (a person or thing)
[C13: via Old French from Latin invidia, from invidēre to eye maliciously, from in-2 + vidēre to see]
ˈenvier n
ˈenvyingly adv

en•vy

(ˈɛn vi)

n., pl. -vies, n.
1. a feeling of resentful discontent, begrudging admiration, or covetousness with regard to another's advantages, possessions, or attainments; desire for something possessed by another.
2. an object of envious feeling: She was the envy of all her classmates.
3. Obs. ill will.
v.t.
4. to regard with envy; be envious of.
v.i.
5. Obs. to be affected with envy.
[1250–1300; Middle English < Old French < Latin invidia <invid(us) envious (derivative of invidēre to envy; see invidious)]
en′vy•ing•ly, adv.
syn: 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 losing someone or something to a rival: a husband's jealousy of other men.

Envy

 
  1. As a moth gnaws a garment, so does envy consume a man —Saint John Chrysostam
  2. As iron is eaten by rust, so are the envious consumed by envy —Livy
  3. Envy hit him … like lack of oxygen —William Mcllvanney
  4. (Fools may our scorn, not envy raise, for) envy is a kind of praise —John Gay
  5. Envy is like a fly that passes all a body’s sounder parts and dwells upon the sores —George Chapman
  6. Envy, like fire, soars upwards —Livy
  7. Envy, like the worm, never runs but to the fairest fruit; like a cunning bloodhound, it singles out the fattest deer in the flock —Francis Beaumont
  8. Felt a twinge of jealousy, green as a worm, wiggling deep in my center —W. P. Kinsella
  9. Intense jealousy struck him like a missile —Mark Helprin
  10. It [jealousy] was like a taste in his mouth —Joyce Carol Oates
  11. Jealousy … descended on his spirit like a choking and pestilence-laden cloud —Thomas Wolfe
  12. Jealousy is a kind of civil war in the soul, where judgment and imagination are at perpetual jars —William Penn
  13. Jealousy is cruel as the grave —The Holy Bible/Song of Solomon
  14. Jealousy is like a bad toothache. It does not let a person do anything, not even sit still. It can only be walked off —Milan Kundera
  15. Jealousy is like a polished glass held to the lips when life is in doubt; if there be breath, it will catch the damp and show it —John Dryden
  16. Jealousy that surrounds me like a too-warm room —William H. Gass
  17. Jealousy whirled inside her like a racing motor —Milan Kundera
  18. Stir up jealousy like a man of war —The Holy Bible/Isaiah
  19. A wave of jealousy floats in my stomach like a cork —Ira Wood

envy


Past participle: envied
Gerund: envying

Imperative
envy
envy
Present
I envy
you envy
he/she/it envies
we envy
you envy
they envy
Preterite
I envied
you envied
he/she/it envied
we envied
you envied
they envied
Present Continuous
I am envying
you are envying
he/she/it is envying
we are envying
you are envying
they are envying
Present Perfect
I have envied
you have envied
he/she/it has envied
we have envied
you have envied
they have envied
Past Continuous
I was envying
you were envying
he/she/it was envying
we were envying
you were envying
they were envying
Past Perfect
I had envied
you had envied
he/she/it had envied
we had envied
you had envied
they had envied
Future
I will envy
you will envy
he/she/it will envy
we will envy
you will envy
they will envy
Future Perfect
I will have envied
you will have envied
he/she/it will have envied
we will have envied
you will have envied
they will have envied
Future Continuous
I will be envying
you will be envying
he/she/it will be envying
we will be envying
you will be envying
they will be envying
Present Perfect Continuous
I have been envying
you have been envying
he/she/it has been envying
we have been envying
you have been envying
they have been envying
Future Perfect Continuous
I will have been envying
you will have been envying
he/she/it will have been envying
we will have been envying
you will have been envying
they will have been envying
Past Perfect Continuous
I had been envying
you had been envying
he/she/it had been envying
we had been envying
you had been envying
they had been envying
Conditional
I would envy
you would envy
he/she/it would envy
we would envy
you would envy
they would envy
Past Conditional
I would have envied
you would have envied
he/she/it would have envied
we would have envied
you would have envied
they would have envied
ThesaurusAntonymsRelated WordsSynonymsLegend:
Noun1.envy - a feeling of grudging admiration and desire to have something that is possessed by anotherenvy - 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
2.envy - spite and resentment at seeing the success of another (personified as one of the deadly sins)
deadly sin, mortal sin - an unpardonable sin entailing a total loss of grace; "theologians list seven mortal sins"
Verb1.envy - feel envious towards; admire enviously
admire, look up to - feel admiration for
2.envy - be envious ofenvy - be envious of; set one's heart on  
desire, want - feel or have a desire for; want strongly; "I want to go home now"; "I want my own room"
covet - wish, long, or crave for (something, especially the property of another person); "She covets her sister's house"

envy

noun
1. covetousness, spite, hatred, resentment, jealousy, bitterness, malice, ill will, malignity, resentfulness, enviousness (informal) He admitted his feelings of envy towards his brother.
verb
1. be jealous (of), resent, begrudge, be envious (of) I have a famous brother and a lot of people envy me for that.
2. covet, desire, crave, aspire to, yearn for, hanker after He envied Caroline her peace of mind.
Quotations
"Nothing sharpens sight like envy" [Thomas Fuller Gnomologia]
"Our envy always lasts much longer than the happiness of those we envy" [Duc de la Rochefoucauld Maxims]
"Even success softens not the heart of the envious" [Pindar Odes]

envy

noun
Resentful or painful desire for another's advantages:
verb
To feel envy towards or for:
Translations
حَسَديَحْسُديَحْسُدُيَحْسُدُ، يَغارحسد
závidětzávist
misundemisundelse
kadehtiakateus
zavidjetizavistljubomora
irigyelirigység
öfundöfundaöfunda af
うらやむねたみ
부러움부러워하다
invidia
pavydaspavydėtinaspavydintispavydo objektas
apskaustskaudība
invidiainvidie
zavistzavidati
ljubomorazavidetizavist
avundasavundsjuka
ความอิจฉาริษยา
hasethasetlenmekimrenmekkıskançlıkkıskanmak
ghen tịsự ghen tị

envy

[ˈenvɪ]
A. Nenvidia f
a look of envyuna mirada de envidia
filled with envylleno de envidia
to do sth out of envyhacer algo por envidia
it was the envy of everyoneera la envidia de todos
to be green with envymorirse de envidia
B. VTenvidiar, tener envidia de
she envies her sisterenvidia a su hermana, tiene envidia de su hermana, le tiene envidia a su hermana
I don't envy you!¡no te envidio!, ¡no te tengo ninguna envidia!
to envy sb sthenvidiar algo a algn
she envied him his confidencele envidiaba la seguridad que tenía en sí mismo

envy

[ˈɛnvi]
n
(= jealousy) → envie f
with envy → avec envie
(= thing which is envied) to be the envy of → faire l'envie de
vtenvier
I don't envy you! → Je ne t'envie pas!
to envy sb sth → envier qch à qn

envy

nNeid m; his car was the envy of his friendsseine Freunde beneideten ihn um sein Auto; a laboratory which would be the envy of every scientistein Labor, das der Neid eines jeden Wissenschaftlers wäre
vt personbeneiden; to envy somebody somethingjdn um or wegen etw beneiden; that’s a job I don’t envydas ist eine Arbeit, um die ich niemanden beneiden

envy

[ˈɛnvɪ]
1. ninvidia
her new car was the envy of all the neighbours → la sua macchina nuova era l'invidia di tutto il vicinato
2. vt to envy (sb sth)invidiare (qn per qc)

envy

(ˈenvi) noun
a feeling of discontent at another's good fortune or success. She could not conceal her envy of me / at my success.
verb
1. to feel envy towards (someone). He envied me; She envied him his money.
2. to feel envy because of. I've always envied that dress of yours.
ˈenviable adjective
(negative unenviable) that is to be envied. She spoke in public with enviable ease.
ˈenvious adjective
feeling or showing envy. I'm envious of her talents.
the envy of
something envied by. Her piano-playing was the envy of her sisters.

envy

حَسَد, يَحْسُدُ závidět, závist misunde, misundelse beneiden, Neid φθόνος, φθονώ envidia, envidiar kadehtia, kateus convoiter, convoitise zavidjeti, zavist invidia, invidiare うらやむ, ねたみ 부러움, 부러워하다 afgunst, benijden misunne, misunnelse pozazdrościć, zawiść inveja, invejar завидовать, зависть avundas, avundsjuka ความอิจฉา, ริษยา haset, hasetlenmek ghen tị, sự ghen tị 羡慕

en·vy

n. envidia.
References in classic literature ?
It's like other people, you know, and I always envy girls who do such things, I'm so fond of luxury," said Meg, trying to decide which of two shabby gowns was the least shabby.
Yet for all their frailness, how much jealousy and envy and unhappiness some of them managed to contain
The cut glass, the silver, the heavy damask which daily appeared upon the table were the envy of many women whose husbands were less generous than Mr.
The lad departed, prouder of his flowing blood than the vainest courtier could be of his blushing ribbon; and stalked among the fellows of his age, an object of general admiration and envy.
I could observe, in their countenances and gestures, the greatest expressions of joy when they exceeded me; and, when the reverse happened, of envy.
I quickened our step; I wanted to get there before the question between us opened up much further; I reflected hungrily that, for more than an hour, he would have to be silent; and I thought with envy of the comparative dusk of the pew and of the almost spiritual help of the hassock on which I might bend my knees.
She used often to envy me, and said it was all the fault of breaking in, and the gag bit in London, that her mouth was not so perfect as mine; and then old Sir Oliver would say, "There, there
It turned Brer Merlin green with envy and spite, which was a great satisfaction to me.
There was enough crazy and rotten rubbish in the building to make a true brick-a-bracker green with envy.
She was to be familiarly near the source of its glory and feel the full flood of it pour over her and about her; the other girls could only gaze and envy, not partake.
The boys were all eaten up with envy -- but those that suffered the bitterest pangs were those who perceived too late that they themselves had contributed to this hated splendor by trading tickets to Tom for the wealth he had amassed in selling whitewashing privileges.
I dare say Miss Nash would envy you such an opportunity as this of being married.