noun (plural envies)
- 1A feeling of discontented or resentful longing aroused by someone else’s possessions, qualities, or luck: she felt a twinge of envy for the people on boardMore example sentences
- Full of self-doubt and lack of true self-esteem, the hero's emotions express themselves in extravagant, paranoid projections, envies and resentments - most of which he foists onto his indirect or mediated rival.
- ‘I may have a lot of bad qualities like jealousy, envy and anger, but it takes a long time for anyone to really irk me,’ says the actor.
- Love cancels resentment, envy and jealousy and replaces them with kindness, forbearance and cordiality.
- 1.1 (the envy of) A person or thing that inspires envy: their national health service is the envy of many in EuropeMore example sentences
- If everywhere can become as good, our health service will be the envy of the world.
- Yet politicians of all parties like to pretend that there is a quick-fix solution that will miraculously transform the service into the envy of the world.
- We were even allowed to take time off school to visit air stations, an unexpected perk that made us the envy of classmates who thought we were all uniformed ponces.
verb (envies, envying, envied)[with object] Back to top
- 1Desire to have a quality, possession, or other desirable attribute belonging to (someone else): he envied people who did not have to work on weekends [with two objects]: I envy Jane her happinessMore example sentences
be envious of, be jealous of; begrudge, be resentful of
- She imagined her home even lovelier than it was now, and she imagined everyone admiring her, envying her, wishing they, too, had such a gift.
- You must mark out your territory as an artist, so that others learn to envy you and aspire to what you are doing.
- Borges' characters can similarly be said to envy women their desire that they cannot understand and do not dare explore.
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- This is what makes enviers lethal: A jealous person wants what you have.
- It is agreed that envy involves an envier, a party who is envied - this may be a person or group of persons - and some possession, capacity or trait that the subject supposes the rival to have (the ‘good’).
Middle English (also in the sense 'hostility, enmity'): from Old French envie (noun), envier (verb), from Latin invidia, from invidere 'regard maliciously, grudge', from in- 'into' + videre 'to see'.