• WordNet 3.6
    • n enviousness a feeling of grudging admiration and desire to have something that is possessed by another
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Century Dictionary and Cyclopedia
  • Interesting fact: A greenish facial tint has long been associated with illness, as suggested by the phrase "green around the gills." As a person who is very envious is considered by many folks to be unwell, these people have been described as "green (or sick) with envy."
    • n enviousness The state or quality of being envious.
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  • Friedrich Nietzsche
    “These people abstain, it is true: but the bitch Sensuality glares enviously out of all they do.”
  • Antisthenes
    “As iron is eaten away by rust, so the envious are consumed by their own passion.”
  • Baltasar Gracian
    “The envious die not once, but as oft as the envied win applause.”
  • Socrates
    “The envious person grows lean with the fatness of their neighbor.”
  • Baruch (Benedict de) Spinoza
    “Those who are believed to be most abject and humble are usually most ambitious and envious.”
  • Henry Rink
    Henry Rink
    “Should envious tongues some malice frame; to soil and tarnish your good name; Live it Down!”


In literature:

She is envious and imitative.
"The Adventures of Harry Richmond, Complete" by George Meredith
They have done service enough to despise the envious mob.
"Beauchamp's Career, Complete" by George Meredith
Enough to make us old ones envious!
"One of Our Conquerors, Complete" by George Meredith
They told stories of him that would have made Harpagon envious, and touched the heart of a constable.
"The Clique of Gold" by Emile Gaboriau
They enjoy books, art, music, without any envious desire to produce; they can enjoy the noble pleasure of admiring and praising.
"From a College Window" by Arthur Christopher Benson
Ever the pathologically envious, the citizens of CEE bathed in common misery.
"After the Rain" by Sam Vaknin
They passed the young Irishman, who looked after them with envious eyes.
"Sister Carrie" by Theodore Dreiser
The most envious of all mankind are the Orientals.
"Considerations on Representative Government" by John Stuart Mill
She is only envious of you.
"The Translation of a Savage, Complete" by Gilbert Parker
Fuselli looked enviously towards the kitchen and thought of the day when he would be a non-com too.
"Three Soldiers" by John Dos Passos

In poetry:

Or did you live those far-off years
Love-sheltered,–holding home the best,
Haply, no envious, worldly fears
Stirring your gentle breast?
"Anne Hathaway" by Anna Johnston MacManus
But never more within thy cells
Shall beauty breathe the fruitless sigh,
Nor hid beneath the envious veil
Shall sorrow dim the sparkling eye.
"Julia, or the Convent of St. Claire" by Amelia Opie
Before the envious day,
Shall gaze upon thy charms;
Come, lady, come away,
And rest lock'd in these arms!
My lady, lady, wake,
Wake, oh! wake!
"Serenade - I" by James Avis Bartley
In vain the envious tongue upbraids;
His name a nation's heart shall keep
Till morning's latest sunlight fades
On the blue tablet of the deep.
"Birthday Of Daniel Webster" by Oliver Wendell Holmes
And must I mourn my Country's shame?
And envious curse the conquering Foe?
No more I feel that thirst of Fame;--All
I can feel is private woe.
"The French Mariner" by Robert Bloomfield
Scornful of absence' envious bar
BROWN smiles upon the mystic meeting
Of those her sons, who, sundered far,
In brotherhood of heart are greeting;
"Centennial" by John Hay

In news:

Paging breathlessly/enviously through the new Williams-Sonoma catalogue (Hong Kong egg waffle iron.
Angelina Jolie coveted Jennifer Aniston's husband in 2005, and now it seems as if the 36-year-old is envious of her sexy wardrobe, too.
Arizona's Ka'Deem Carey (25) runs ahead of Colorado's Josh Moten (39) for a touchdown during the first half of an NCAA college football game at Arizona Stadium in Tucson, Ariz. Arizona's turnaround has Utes envious .
Even the wind is envious.
SIR – Readers in America are likely to be envious of the "sky-high" premiums Italians pay for car insurance ("Claim and misfortune", July 10th).
Are you envious of your neighbors' well-manicured garden beds that seem to never need weeding.
For years, Boulderites have eyed Denver enviously, wishing they had an equivalent to the big city's cheese shops.
We've always been envious of friends who have done it in every room of their house.
China's microblogging platforms have been inundated with comments posted by users envious of the recent decision to include Taiwan in the US Visa Waiver Program.
The tabloid claimed that Bruce was envious of Kris' success.
It's a lake view that would make most owners envious, but unfortunately for Andrea Ty Whiting-Ratajczak and her Bass Road neighbors, it's standing water from an 84-year-old drain .
BBC's troubles fodder for an envious rival.
You're about to become totally envious of actress Diane Keaton .
There may be those who are envious of you and believe that eventually you are going to fall.
Macbeth is one of Shakespeare's unforgettable stories, a bloody tragedy that might make John Webster envious and with poetry and psychological insight into ambition-driven lives that Webster never managed.