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Definitions for envious
ˈɛn vi əsen·vi·ous

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Princeton's WordNet

  1. covetous, envious, jealousadjective

    showing extreme cupidity; painfully desirous of another's advantages

    "he was never covetous before he met her"; "jealous of his success and covetous of his possessions"; "envious of their art collection"


  1. enviousadjective

    Feeling or exhibiting envy; desire of excellence or good fortune of another; maliciously grudging

  2. enviousadjective

    Excessively careful; cautious

  3. enviousadjective

    Malignant; mischievous; spiteful

  4. Etymology: envieus, more at envy.

Samuel Johnson's Dictionary

  1. Enviousadjective

    Infected with envy; pained by the excellence or happiness of another.

    Etymology: from envy.

    A man of the most envious disposition that ever infected the air with his breath, whose eyes could not look right upon any happy man, nor ears bear the burden of any man’s praise. Philip Sidney.

    Still in thy right hand carry gentle peace,
    To silence envious tongues. William Shakespeare, Henry VIII.

    Be not thou envious against evil men. Prov. xxiv. 19.

    Neither be thou envious at the wicked. Prov. xxiv. 19.

    Sure you mistake the precept, or the tree;
    Heav’n cannot envious of his blessings be. Dryden.


  1. envious

    Envy is an emotion which occurs when a person lacks another's quality, skill, achievement, or possession and either desires it or wishes that the other lacked it.Aristotle defined envy as pain at the sight of another's good fortune, stirred by "those who have what we ought to have". Bertrand Russell said that envy was one of the most potent causes of unhappiness. Recent research considered the conditions under which it occurs, how people deal with it, and whether it can inspire people to emulate those they envy.


  1. envious

    Envious is an adjective that describes a feeling of discontent or covetousness with regard to another person's advantages, success, possessions, or achievements. It can also refer to a strong desire to have what someone else has. It often includes feelings of resentment or bitterness.

Webster Dictionary

  1. Enviousadjective

    malignant; mischievous; spiteful

  2. Enviousadjective

    feeling or exhibiting envy; actuated or directed by, or proceeding from, envy; -- said of a person, disposition, feeling, act, etc.; jealously pained by the excellence or good fortune of another; maliciously grudging; -- followed by of, at, and against; as, an envious man, disposition, attack; envious tongues

  3. Enviousadjective

    inspiring envy

  4. Enviousadjective

    excessively careful; cautious

  5. Etymology: [OF. envios, F. envieux, fr. L. invidiosus, fr. invidia envy. See Envy, and cf. Invidious.]

Anagrams for envious »

  1. niveous

  2. veinous

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  1. Chaldean Numerology

    The numerical value of envious in Chaldean Numerology is: 6

  2. Pythagorean Numerology

    The numerical value of envious in Pythagorean Numerology is: 6

Examples of envious in a Sentence

  1. Shayan Das:

    Success to him was to relish the failure of all the inefficacious attempts that altered forms (in the shapes of disheartening remarks, abominations, taunts, agitation, maladies and envious faces) faster than seasons but couldn’t resist him moving.

  2. Plutarch:

    It is the usual consolation of the envious, if they cannot maintain their superiority, to represent those by whom they are surpassed as inferior to some one else.

  3. Pindar:

    Very distasteful is excessive fame To the sour palate of the envious mind, Who hears with grief his neighbours good by name, And hates the fortune that he ne?er shall find.

  4. Deshawn Yeldell:

    The envious ones struck me,” I say “but I was not hurt; they beat me with their hate, but I did not feel it, and I will say to my soul, “Soul, the jealousy and hate they have poured onto you is forever meaningless when your strength comes from God.

  5. Zora Neale Hurston, "Their Eyes Were Watching God":

    An envious heart makes a treacherous ear.

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    • A. accessory
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