Definitions for ENVYˈɛn vi

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Princeton's WordNet

  1. envy, enviousness(noun)

    a feeling of grudging admiration and desire to have something that is possessed by another

  2. envy, invidia(verb)

    spite and resentment at seeing the success of another (personified as one of the deadly sins)

  3. envy(verb)

    feel envious towards; admire enviously

  4. envy, begrudge(verb)

    be envious of; set one's heart on


  1. envy(Noun)

    Resentful desire of something possessed by another or others (but not limited to material possessions).

  2. envy(Noun)

    Hatred, enmity, ill-feeling.

  3. envy(Verb)

    To feel displeasure or hatred towards (someone) for their good fortune or possessions.

  4. envy(Verb)

    To have envious feelings (at).

  5. envy(Verb)

    To give (something) to (someone) grudgingly or reluctantly; to begrudge.

  6. envy(Verb)

    To show malice or ill will; to rail.

    He has envied against the people. uE00096354uE001 Shakespeare.

  7. Origin: From envie, from envie, from invidia, from invidere from in + videre ("on, upon" + "to look, see"). Displaced native ande (from anda), nith (from niþ).

Webster Dictionary

  1. Envy(noun)

    malice; ill will; spite

  2. Envy(noun)

    chagrin, mortification, discontent, or uneasiness at the sight of another's excellence or good fortune, accompanied with some degree of hatred and a desire to possess equal advantages; malicious grudging; -- usually followed by of; as, they did this in envy of Caesar

  3. Envy(noun)

    emulation; rivalry

  4. Envy(noun)

    public odium; ill repute

  5. Envy(noun)

    an object of envious notice or feeling

  6. Envy(verb)

    to feel envy at or towards; to be envious of; to have a feeling of uneasiness or mortification in regard to (any one), arising from the sight of another's excellence or good fortune and a longing to possess it

  7. Envy(verb)

    to feel envy on account of; to have a feeling of grief or repining, with a longing to possess (some excellence or good fortune of another, or an equal good fortune, etc.); to look with grudging upon; to begrudge

  8. Envy(verb)

    to long after; to desire strongly; to covet

  9. Envy(verb)

    to do harm to; to injure; to disparage

  10. Envy(verb)

    to hate

  11. Envy(verb)

    to emulate

  12. Envy(verb)

    to be filled with envious feelings; to regard anything with grudging and longing eyes; -- used especially with at

  13. Envy(verb)

    to show malice or ill will; to rail

  14. Origin: [F. envier.]


  1. Envy

    Envy is a resentment which "occurs when a person lacks another's superior quality, achievement or possession and wishes that the other lacked it." Bertrand Russell said that envy was one of the most potent causes of unhappiness. Not only is the envious person rendered unhappy by his envy, but they also wish to inflict misfortune on others. Although envy is generally seen as something negative, Russell also believed that envy was a driving force behind the movement towards democracy and must be endured to achieve a more just social system. However, psychologists have recently suggested that there may be two types of envy: malicious envy and benign envy - benign envy being proposed as a type of positive motivational force.

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