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Meaning of ENVIOUS

Pronunciation:  'enveeus

WordNet Dictionary
  1. [adj]  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"; "he was green with envy"
  2. [adj]  that feels envy of another's possessions

ENVIOUS is a 7 letter word that starts with E.


 Synonyms: begrudging, covetous, desirous, green, grudging, jealous, selfish



Webster's 1913 Dictionary
\En"vi*ous\, a. [OF. envios, F. envieux, fr. L.
invidiosus, fr. invidia envy. See {Envy}, and cf.
1. Malignant; mischievous; spiteful. [Obs.]

         Each envious brier his weary legs doth scratch.

2. 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.

         My soul is envious of mine eye.       --Keble.

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

3. Inspiring envy. [Obs. or Poetic]

         He to him leapt, and that same envious gage Of
         victor's glory from him snatched away. --Spenser.

4. Excessively careful; cautious. [Obs.]

         No men are so envious of their health. --Jer.
   -- {En"vi*ous*ly}, adv. -- {En"vi*ous*ness}, n.

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