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Definitions of envy

  1.   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.
  2.   Pain at the sight of another's success: a wicked desire to supplant one: ( B.) ill- will.
  3.   An object of envious notice or feeling.
  4.   Hatred or ill- will excited by the superior success or excellence of another; malice.
  5.   To regard with envy; feel envy; covet; grudge.
  6.   To repine at another's superiority; to dislike and be discontented on account of the superior excellence or success of another; to look upon with malice.
  7.   Emulation; rivalry.
  8.   be envious of; set one's heart on
  9.   To do harm to; to injure; to disparage.
  10.   To grudge; to wish for ( what is another's); feel displeasure at ( the excellence or prosperity of another); to covet.
  11.   Ill- will or displeasure felt because of the excellence or good fortune of another.
  12.   To look upon with a grudging eye: to hate on account of prosperity:- pr. p. envying; pa. p. envied.
  13.   Malice; ill will; spite.
  14.   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.
  15.   Pain at the sight of another's prosperity.
  16.   To hate.
  17.   To be filled with envious feelings; to regard anything with grudging and longing eyes; - used especially with at.
  18.   Bitterness or hatred in view of what another enjoys; envious desire.
  19.   spite and resentment at seeing the success of another ( personified as one of the deadly sins)
  20.   To show malice or ill will; to rail.
  21.   To regard with envy; to grudge; to wish for.
  22.   Envying.
  23.   To grudge; hate on account of prosperity.
  24.   To emulate.
  25.   An object of envy.
  26.   a feeling of grudging admiration and desire to have something possessed by another
  27.   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.
  28.   A worthy longing for a good possessed by another, without ill will toward the possessor.
  29.   Pain excited by the sight of another's superiority or success, accompanied with some degree of hatred or ill- will, and satisfaction in his mortification; malice; malignity; ill- repute; rivalry.
  30.   To admire and covet without ill will.
  31.   feel envious towards; admire enviously
  32.   To feel or exhibit covetousness.
  33.   To long after; to desire strongly; to covet.
  34.   Envied.
  35.   Public odium; ill repute.

Quotes of envy

  1. Never trust anyone who wants what you've got. Friend or no, envy is an overwhelming emotion. – Eubie Blake
  2. On every movie I've done as a director, I look at the producers and having done it, I don't envy them, at all. – Griffin Dunne
  3. Envy is never general, but always very particular- at least envy of the kind one feels strongly. – Joseph Epstein
  4. I myself think anti -Semitism is about envy – Joseph Epstein
  5. Envy among other ingredients has a mixture of the love of justice in it. We are more angry at undeserved than at deserved good -fortune. – William Hazlitt
  6. I know that a man who shows me his wealth is like the beggar who shows me his poverty; they are both looking for alms from me, the rich man for the alms of my envy the poor man for the alms of my guilt. – Ben Hecht
  7. The praise of ancient authors proceeds not from the reverence of the dead, but from the competition and mutual envy of the living. – Thomas Hobbes
  8. Whoever cultivates the golden mean avoids both the poverty of a hovel and the envy of a palace. – Horace
  9. I envy the dead. – William Mulholland
  10. Envy aims very high. – Ovid
  11. Birds have wings; they're free; they can fly where they want when they want. They have the kind of mobility many people envy – Roger Tory Peterson
  12. There is nothing more universally commended than a fine day; the reason is that people can commend it without envy – William Shenstone
  13. I never quite understood these actors- though I envy them sometimes- who can lie out for a year or two. I feel as though time is a real pressing issue, and I want to get as much work done in the time that I have left. – Sylvester Stallone
  14. Every time that I think of the crucifixion of Christ, I commit the sin of envy – Simone Weil

Usage examples for envy

  1. They experience no shame, fear, ambition, envy or love. ” – Our Legal Heritage, 4th Ed. by S. A. Reilly
  2. “ I say, between wise men there is no envy – The Last Of The Barons, Complete by Edward Bulwer-Lytton
  3. Warrington missed the searching glance, which was not without its touch of envy – Parrot & Co. by Harold MacGrath
  4. The envy which peered through Ygberg's words slightly clouded the sunny sky; but it was only for a moment, for everybody realized that the bitterness of a long, wasted life, must be held responsible for it. ” – The Red Room by August Strindberg
  5. My congratulations are untouched by envy – The Great Miss Driver by Anthony Hope
  6. “ " I envy you your success, and only wish that I could talk French as you do, to be employed on the same sort of service. ” – Paddy Finn by W. H. G. Kingston
  7. “ " A pleasant thing to think about-" He did not envy Kendrick his thoughts. ” – Seven Keys to Baldpate by Earl Derr Biggers
  8. We can only look on and envy – Stories from Pentamerone by Giambattista Basile
  9. This is a sight worth living eighty hard years to see, and I envy that old couple as I never envied any one before. ” – Moods by Louisa May Alcott
  10. “ " I envy you both," said Noel. ” – The Keeper of the Door by Ethel M. Dell
  11. “ " No man has ever done that," whispered the barber, filled with envy given up his own bride to another." ” – A Christian But a Roman by Mór Jókai
  12. Fact is, I envy him right now, and I'll bet he doesn't envy me a penny's worth." ” – The Boy Scouts in A Trapper's Camp by Thornton W. Burgess
  13. There are times when I envy you. ” – The Girl Scouts in Beechwood Forest by Margaret Vandercook
  14. “ I envy you having such a lovely home. ” – Sisters Three by Mrs. George de Horne Vaizey
  15. “ I shall be the envy of every man in London; people will no longer call me Lionel Dacre. ” – Dora Thorne by Charlotte M. Braeme
  16. Beginning now to envy every soul of them in the wilds. ” – Growth of the Soil by Knut Hamsun
  17. “ I envy not the twelve, Nearer to me is he; The life he once lived here on earth He lives again in me. ” – Poems with Power to Strengthen the Soul by Various
  18. Envy without a doubt. ” – Old Calabria by Norman Douglas
  19. She nearly cried with envy – The Song of Songs by Hermann Sudermann
  20. “ " All the more, then, I envy you! ” – 54-40 or Fight by Emerson Hough

Idioms for envy