• WordNet 3.6
    • adj envious 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"
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Webster's Revised Unabridged Dictionary
  • 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."
    • Envious Excessively careful; cautious. "No men are so envious of their health."
    • Envious 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.""Neither be thou envious at the wicked."
    • Envious Inspiring envy. "He to him leapt, and that same envious gage
      Of victor's glory from him snatched away."
    • Envious Malignant; mischievous; spiteful. "Each envious brier his weary legs doth scratch."
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Century Dictionary and Cyclopedia
  • Interesting fact: "Big cheese" and "big wheel" are Medieval terms of envious respect for those who could afford to buy whole wheels of cheese at a time, an expense few could enjoy. Both these terms are often used sarcastically today.
    • envious Feeling or disposed to feel envy.
    • envious Tinctured with envy; manifesting or expressing envy: as, an envious disposition; an envious attack; an envious tongue.
    • envious Calculated to inspire envy; enviable.
    • envious Jealous; watchful; exceedingly careful.
    • envious Synonyms See invidious.
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Chambers's Twentieth Century Dictionary
    • adj Envious feeling envy: directed by envy:
    • adj Envious (Spens.) enviable
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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!”


Webster's Revised Unabridged Dictionary
OF. envios, F. envieux, fr. L. invidiosus, fr. invidia, envy. See Envy, and cf. Invidious
Chambers's Twentieth Century Dictionary
Fr. envie—L. invidiain, on, vidēre, to look.


In literature:

And Mrs. Wickersham was envious.
"Gordon Keith" by Thomas Nelson Page
The name of "Clem," uttered thus carelessly by her, made him envious.
"Children of the Mist" by Eden Phillpotts
The possession of children was the one thing that made her envious of other women.
"The Devil's Garden" by W. B. Maxwell
Envious tongues have told a girl that her complexion is not good.
"Sketches and Studies in Italy and Greece, Second Series" by John Addington Symonds
The landlord had three daughters, who looked at the goose with envious eyes.
"Fairy Tales Every Child Should Know" by Various
There was the envious Kenrick and the savage Wolcot; the asp George Steevens and the polecat John Williams.
"Autobiography, Letters and Literary Remains of Mrs. Piozzi (Thrale) (2nd ed.) (2 vols.)" by Mrs. Hester Lynch Piozzi
There was my house, the attractive improvements around it, bright to the envious eye.
"Children of the Market Place" by Edgar Lee Masters
With envious curiosity she hurried up to see what a luckier mortal had found, crowding to look over her shoulder.
"The Christmas Angel" by Abbie Farwell Brown
His afternoon recreation, there being no baseball, was to lead Nap triumphantly through Central Park to be seen of an envious throng.
"Bunker Bean" by Harry Leon Wilson
Now in this company was one who looked with the envious malignity of Satan upon the well-merited honors of the poor peasant boy.
"Ishmael" by Mrs. E. D. E. N. Southworth

In poetry:

Pure are the joys above the sky,
And all the region peace;
No wanton lips nor envious eye
Can see or taste the bliss.
"Hymn 105" by Isaac Watts
Jaspar was poor, and want and vice
Had made his heart like stone,
And Jaspar look'd with envious eyes
On riches not his own.
"Jaspar" by Robert Southey
But soon he'll break death's envious chain,
And in full glory shine:
O Lamb of God! was ever pain,
Was ever love, like thine?
"Hymn XXII: Behold the Saviour of Mankind" by Charles Wesley
O Thou whose justice reigns on high,
And makes th' oppressor cease,
Behold how envious sinners try
To vex and break my peace.
"Psalm 56" by Isaac Watts
Stay, pitying Time, thy foot for him
Who gave thee swifter wings,
Nor let thine envious shadow dim
The light his glory flings.
"After A Lecture On Moore" by Oliver Wendell Holmes
In high renown with prince and peere
Now liv'd Sir Valentine;
His high renown with prince and peere
Made envious hearts repine.
"Valentine and Ursine" by Anonymous British

In news:

Paging breathlessly/enviously through the new Williams-Sonoma catalogue (Hong Kong egg waffle iron.
Traveling all over Boston to research budget-priced restaurants is great fun, but sometimes leaves me feeling envious.
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.
Then when I tell them about the MRI thing they are all very envious.
I'm envious of people like John who are so knowledgeable and passionate about one thing, though, and do it so exceptionally well.
Calm, clean Gulf blue water awaits off the beach, something most anglers on the Gulf Coast are envious of (even if they won't admit it).
Matisse, envious of Picasso 's success, tried to ignore him until the 1930s when he needed Picasso 's influence to bring himself out of an artistic funk.
And that really pisses off one envious GT scribe.