Definitions for envyˈɛn vi
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Random House Webster's College Dictionary
(n.)a feeling of resentful discontent, begrudging admiration, or covetousness with regard to another's advantages, possessions, or attainments; desire for something possessed by another.
an object of envious feeling:
She was the envy of all her classmates.
Obs. ill will.
(v.t.)to regard with envy; be envious of.
(v.i.)Obs. to be affected with envy.
* 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.
Origin of envy:
1250–1300; ME < OF < L invidia <invid(us) envious (der. of invidēre to envy; see invidious )
a feeling of grudging admiration and desire to have something that is possessed by another
spite and resentment at seeing the success of another (personified as one of the deadly sins)
feel envious towards; admire enviously
be envious of; set one's heart on
Kernerman English Learner's Dictionary
to feel strongly that you want what sb else has
I envy you.; She envied her sister's ability to make friends easily.; I envied him his new job.
indicates that you are glad you do not have to do what sb else has to do
I don't envy you having to do all that work.
the feeling of envying sb
I was filled with envy at her good luck.; his envy of his friend
feeling a lot of envy
to be sth that is admired or envied by others
His new car was the envy of all their friends.
Resentful desire of something possessed by another or others (but not limited to material possessions).
Hatred, enmity, ill-feeling.
To feel displeasure or hatred towards (someone) for their good fortune or possessions.
To have envious feelings (at).
To give (something) to (someone) grudgingly or reluctantly; to begrudge.
To show malice or ill will; to rail.
He has envied against the people. uE00096354uE001 Shakespeare.
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).
malice; ill will; spite
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
public odium; ill repute
an object of envious notice or feeling
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
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
to long after; to desire strongly; to covet
to do harm to; to injure; to disparage
to be filled with envious feelings; to regard anything with grudging and longing eyes; -- used especially with at
to show malice or ill will; to rail
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.
Translations for envy
Kernerman English Multilingual Dictionary
to feel envy towards (someone)
He envied me; She envied him his money.
- invejarPortuguese (BR)
- beneiden umGerman
- حسادت کردن؛ غبطه خوردنFarsi
- ईर्ष्या करनाHindi
- merasa iriIndonesian
- (남을) 시기하다Korean
- iri hatiMalay
- حسادت کردن؛ غبطه خوردنPersian
- رخه كول، حسد وړل، بخل كول، نه لورول.Pashto
- a invidiaRomanian
- vara avundsjuk på, avundasSwedish
- kıskanmak, çekememekTurkish
- 妒忌Chinese (Trad.)
- заздрити (комусь)Ukrainian
- کسی سے حسد کرناUrdu
- thèm muốnVietnamese
- 妒忌Chinese (Simp.)
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