Definition of envy in English:

envy

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Pronunciation: /ˈɛnvi
 
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noun (plural envies)

[mass noun]
  • 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 board
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    • 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.
    Synonyms
    jealousy, enviousness, covetousness, desire; resentment, resentfulness, bitterness, discontent, spite; the green-eyed monster
  • 1.1 (the envy of) A person or thing that inspires envy: France has a film industry that is the envy of Europe
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    • 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.
    Synonyms
    object/source of envy; best, finest, pride, top, cream, pick, choice, elite, prize, jewel, jewel in the crown, flower, paragon, leading light, glory, the crème de la crème

verb (envies, envying, envied)

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Derivatives

envier

noun
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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’).

Origin

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'.

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