What does envy mean?

Definitions for envyˈɛn vi

Here are all the possible meanings and translations of the word envy.

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.

Chambers 20th Century Dictionary

  1. Envy

    en′vi, v.t. to look upon with a grudging eye: to hate on account of prosperity:—pr.p. en′vying; pa.p. en′vied.n. grief at the sight of another's success: a wicked desire to supplant one: a desire for the advantages enjoyed by another: (B.) ill-will.—adj. En′viable, that is to be envied.—n. En′viableness, the state or quality of being enviable.—adv. En′viably.—n. En′vier, one who envies.—adj. En′vious, feeling envy: directed by envy: (Spens.) enviable.—adv. En′viously.—ns. En′viousness; En′vying (B.), jealousy, ill-will. [Fr. envie—L. invidiain, on, vidēre, to look.]

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  1. Chaldean Numerology

    The numerical value of envy in Chaldean Numerology is: 8

  2. Pythagorean Numerology

    The numerical value of envy in Pythagorean Numerology is: 3

Sample Sentences & Example Usage

  1. Socrates:

    Envy is the ulcer of the soul.

  2. Matshona Dhliwayo:

    Roses have no reason to envy daisies.

  3. Ralph Waldo Emerson, Self Reliance:

    Envy is ignorance, imitation is suicide.

  4. Alexander Solzhenitsyn:

    Our envy of others devours us most of all.

  5. Acna:

    I want everything. I envy nothing. I love everyone.

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