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So desirable as to arouse envy: "the enviable English quality of being able to be mute without unrest" (Henry James).

en′vi·a·bly adv.
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exciting envy; fortunate or privileged
ˈenviableness n
ˈenviably adv
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(ˈɛn vi ə bəl)

worthy of envy; very desirable.
en′vi•a•ble•ness, n.
en′vi•a•bly, adv.
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1. 'envious'

If you are envious, you wish you had something such as a possession, quality, or ability that someone else has.

We see them doing things we are not allowed to do, and are envious.

You say that you are envious of a person or envious of something that they have.

...a girl who is deeply envious of her brother.
They may be envious of your success.
2. 'enviable'

You use enviable to describe a possession, quality, or ability that someone has, and that you wish you had yourself.

They have enviable reputations as athletes.
She learned to speak foreign languages with enviable fluency.
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ThesaurusAntonymsRelated WordsSynonymsLegend:
Adj.1.enviable - causing envy; "an enviable position"
desirable - worth having or seeking or achieving; "a desirable job"; "computer with many desirable features"; "a desirable outcome"
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[ˈenvɪəbl] ADJenvidiable
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[ˈɛnviəbəl] adjenviable
to be in an enviable position → être dans une position enviable
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adj, enviably
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[ˈɛnvɪəbl] adjinvidiabile
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(ˈenvi) noun
a feeling of discontent at another's good fortune or success. She could not conceal her envy of me / at my success.
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.
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