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Meaning of ENVY

Pronunciation:  'envee

WordNet Dictionary
  1. [n]  spite and resentment at seeing the success of another (personified as one of the deadly sins)
  2. [n]  a feeling of grudging admiration and desire to have something possessed by another
  3. [v]  be envious of; set one's heart on
  4. [v]  feel envious towards; admire enviously

ENVY is a 4 letter word that starts with E.


 Synonyms: begrudge, enviousness, invidia, the green-eyed monster
 See Also: admire, bitterness, covet, covetousness, deadly sin, desire, gall, green-eyed monster, jealousy, look up to, mortal sin, penis envy, rancor, rancour, resentment, want



Webster's 1913 Dictionary
  1. \En"vy\, n.; pl. {Envies}. [F. envie, L. invidia envious;
    akin to invidere to look askance at, to look with enmity; in
    against + videre to see. See {Vision}.]
    1. Malice; ill will; spite. [Obs.]
             If he evade us there, Enforce him with his envy to
             the people.                           --Shak.
    2. 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 C[ae]sar.
             Envy is a repining at the prosperity or good of
             another, or anger and displeasure at any good of
             another which we want, or any advantage another hath
             above us.                             --Ray.
             No bliss Enjoyed by us excites his envy more.
             Envy, to which the ignoble mind's a slave, Is
             emulation in the learned or brave.    --Pope.
    3. Emulation; rivalry. [Obs.]
             Such as cleanliness and decency Prompt to a virtuous
             envy.                                 --Ford.
    4. Public odium; ill repute. [Obs.]
             To lay the envy of the war upon Cicero. --B. Jonson.
    5. An object of envious notice or feeling.
             This constitution in former days used to be the envy
             of the world.                         --Macaulay.
  2. \En"vy\, v. t. [imp. & p. p. {Envied}; p. pr. & vb. n.
    {Envying}.] [F. envier.]
    1. 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.
             A woman does not envy a man for his fighting
             courage, nor a man a woman for her beauty.
             Whoever envies another confesses his superiority.
    2. 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.
             I have seen thee fight, When I have envied thy
             behavior.                             --Shak.
             Jeffrey . . . had actually envied his friends their
             cool mountain breezes.                --Froude.
    3. To long after; to desire strongly; to covet.
             Or climb his knee the envied kiss to share. --T.
    4. To do harm to; to injure; to disparage. [Obs.]
             If I make a lie To gain your love and envy my best
             mistress, Put me against a wall.      --J. Fletcher.
    5. To hate. [Obs.] --Marlowe.
    6. To emulate. [Obs.] --Spenser.
  3. \En"vy\, v. i.
    1. To be filled with envious feelings; to regard anything
       with grudging and longing eyes; -- used especially with
             Who would envy at the prosperity of the wicked?
                                                   --Jer. Taylor.
    2. To show malice or ill will; to rail. [Obs.] ``He has . . .
       envied against the people.'' --Shak.
Dream Dictionary
 Definition: Dreaming that you are envious of others means that you will make warm friends by your unselfish deference to the wishes of others. Dreaming that you are being envied by others indicates inconveniences from friends who are overanxious to please you.
Thesaurus Terms
 Related Terms: acedia, anger, avarice, avaritia, begrudge, cast envious eyes, cold comfort, covet, covetousness, crave, deadly sin, desire, disappointment, discontent, discontentedness, discontentment, disgruntlement, dissatisfaction, dissatisfiedness, divine discontent, enviousness, Faustianism, gluttony, greed, green-eyed jealousy, green-eyed monster, grudge, grudging, gula, hanker, heartburn, heartburning, horn-madness, ill humor, invidia, invidiousness, ira, jalousie, jaundice, jaundiced eye, jealousness, jealousy, long, longing, lust, luxuria, peevishness, petulance, pride, querulousness, rebelliousness, resent, resentment, restiveness, restlessness, sloth, sourness, sulkiness, superbia, uneasiness, unfulfillment, unhappiness, unpleasure, unsatisfaction, vexation of spirit, want, wrath, yearn