• WordNet 3.6
    • v envy be envious of; set one's heart on
    • v envy feel envious towards; admire enviously
    • n envy spite and resentment at seeing the success of another (personified as one of the deadly sins)
    • n envy a feeling of grudging admiration and desire to have something that is possessed by another
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Webster's Revised Unabridged Dictionary
  • Interesting fact: The Seven Deadly Sins are lust, pride, anger, envy, sloth, avarice and gluttony.
    • Envy An object of envious notice or feeling. "This constitution in former days used to be the envy of the world."
    • Envy 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 Cæsar. "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.""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."
    • Envy Emulation; rivalry. "Such as cleanliness and decency
      Prompt to a virtuous envy ."
    • Envy Malice; ill will; spite. "If he evade us there,
      Enforce him with his envy to the people."
    • Envy Public odium; ill repute. "To lay the envy of the war upon Cicero."
    • Envy To be filled with envious feelings; to regard anything with grudging and longing eyes; -- used especially with at. "Who would envy at the prosperity of the wicked?"
    • Envy To do harm to; to injure; to disparage. "If I make a lie
      To gain your love and envy my best mistress,
      Put me against a wall."
    • Envy To emulate. "Emuled of many."
    • Envy 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."
    • Envy 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."
      "Jeffrey . . . had actually envied his friends their cool mountain breezes."
    • Envy To hate.
    • Envy To long after; to desire strongly; to covet. "Or climb his knee the envied kiss to share."
    • Envy To show malice or ill will; to rail. "He has . . . envied against the people."
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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 envy A feeling of uneasiness, mortification, or discontent excited by the contemplation of another's superiority, prosperity, or success, accompanied with some degree of enmity or malignity, and often or usually with a desire or an effort to discomfit or mortify the person envied: usually followed by of.
    • n envy Hatred; ill will; malice.
    • n envy Public odium; ill repute.
    • n envy An object of envy.
    • n envy Synonyms Jealousy, Envy. Jealousy is the malign feeling which is often had toward a rival, or possible rival, for the possession of that which we greatly desire, as in love or ambition. Envy is a similar feeling toward one, whether rival or not, who already possesses that which we greatly desire. Jealousy is enmity prompted by fear; envy is enmity prompted by covetousness.
    • envy To regard with envy; look upon as the possessor of what is wanting in or to one's self, with a longing for it, and either with or without, a desire for the deprivation or discomfiture of him who has it: often with both the possessor and the thing possessed as objects. The verb often expresses a much milder feeling than that which is usually denoted by the noun—one that may be consistent with perfect friendship and loyalty: as, I envy you your good health; I envy you your happy temper. But the feeling of envy is apt to beget repugnance and ill will, and some degree of these qualities is generally implied by the verb as well as by the noun.
    • envy To feel envy on account of; regard grudgingly or wistfully another's possession or experience of, either with or without malevolent feeling.
    • envy To regard unfavorably; revolt against; oppose.
    • envy To do harm to; injure.
    • envy To be affected with envy; have envious feelings; regard something pertaining to another with grudge or longing: formerly often followed by at.
    • envy To challenge (in a game).
    • envy To vie with; emulate.
    • envy To strive; contend; vie.
    • n envy A challenge (in a game); a vying; a vie.
    • n envy A contention; an attempt; an attack.
    • n envy Emulation.
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Chambers's Twentieth Century Dictionary
    • v.t Envy en′vi to look upon with a grudging eye: to hate on account of prosperity
    • pr.p Envy en′vying; pa.p. en′vied
    • n Envy grief at the sight of another's success: a wicked desire to supplant one: a desire for the advantages enjoyed by another:
    • n Envy (B.) ill-will
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  • Jim Rohn
    “The few who do are the envy of the many who only watch.”
  • Glenn Clark
    Glenn Clark
    “If you wish to travel far and fast, travel light. Take off all your envies, jealousies, unforgiveness, selfishness and fears.”
  • Aeschylus
    “It is in the character of very few men to honor without envy a friend who has prospered.”
  • Bible
    “Envy and wrath shorten the life. [Ecclesiasticus]”
  • Thomas Fuller
    “Nothing sharpens sight like envy.”
  • Oliver Wendell Holmes Jr.
    “I have no respect for the passion of equality, which seems to me merely idealizing envy.”


Green with envy - If you are green with envy, you are very jealous.


Webster's Revised Unabridged Dictionary
F. envie, L. invidia, envious; akin to invidere, to look askance at, to look with enmity; in, against + videre, to see. See Vision


In literature:

They always envy him.
"The Mahabharata of Krishna-Dwaipayana Vyasa, Volume 1"
I do really believe that it is the false name of jealousy that prevents many an early struggle against the real vice of envy.
"The Young Lady's Mentor" by A Lady
They are subject to envy, and through envy to oppression.
"The Works of the Right Honourable Edmund Burke, Vol. III. (of 12)" by Edmund Burke
Many girls must envy her.
"Married Life" by May Edginton
But if the beautiful Claudia was the envy of all the women, the handsome Vincent was not less the envy of all the men present.
"Ishmael" by Mrs. E. D. E. N. Southworth
Am I to make love to a creature like Matty Bell in the vain hope of rousing the envy or the jealousy of that proud girl?
"The Honorable Miss" by L. T. Meade
Eminence is always envied: this was conspicuously the fortune of Crawford.
"The Memories of Fifty Years" by William H. Sparks
I have often envied your success in Paris; and there were times when this envy was not unmixed with hate.
"The Grey Cloak" by Harold MacGrath
For none would then have envied me your friendship, Who envy me your love.
"The Works of John Dryden, Volume 5 (of 18)" by John Dryden
How I envy Sir George!
"The History of Emily Montague" by Frances Brooke

In poetry:

Torn from earth, unmeet for heaven,
I had learn'd to envy thee,
Doom'd to live, as I had perished,
Through a long eternity.
"On Seeing Some Butterflies In A Clover Field On The Sabbath" by Caroline Fry
When envy, strife, and wars begin
In little angry souls,
Mark how the sons of peace come in,
And quench the kindling coals.
"Hymn 36" by Isaac Watts
Strive to climb yon envied path—
Glory beams above it;
Though the world should howl in wrath,
Turn and look, and love it.
"Dialogue With Fame." by Samuel Bamford
I like freedom's chosen one,
The seafarer and rifleman.
Ah, the waters clearly sang to him
And the clouds were full of envy.
"Memory" by Nikolai Stepanovich Gumilev
No, I shall envy them no more
Who grow profanely great,
Though they increase their golden store,
And rise to wondrous height.
"Hymn 56" by Isaac Watts
Ere the net is noticed by us,
Is a happier one imprison'd,
Whom we, one and all, together
Greet with envy and with blessings.
"The Magic Net" by Johann Wolfgang von Goethe

In news:

Hard not to envy the US business flyer.
How IT Can Eliminate Google Envy .
Envy is the "Grand Paradox" of Mind.
Beyond envy : Another look at wealth addiction.
6 Green with Envy Installations.
Two-thirds of The Breakfast Club, Yee and Envy , break for a moment to take a.
Two-thirds of The Breakfast Club, Yee and Envy , break for a moment to take a photo.
China-envying New York Times columnist Thomas Friedman likes to muse about how wonderful it would be if the United States could be like China for a day.
To ward off envy , reaffirm your own choices.
San Francisco 49ers' quarterback situation is one to envy .
Tucson News NowMassage Envy Spa Columbia Is Now Offering A Spa Membership For Just $69.
Giants' title should make others green with envy .
Massage Envy announces the grand opening of a new Massage Envy Spa located in Cape Coral.
Massage Envy Spa grand opening in Cape Coral Oct 19-20.
Massage Envy has announced the grand opening of a new Massage Envy Spa located in Cape Coral.

In science:

ER(k),i,Ψ is the estimated SNR pro file mapping point for SNR Ψ at discrete time instant i and rate R(k) and αs is the smoothing factor, which is specific to the network envi ronment.
Practical Rate and Route Adaptation with Efficient Link Quality Estimation for IEEE 802.11b/g Multi-Hop Networks
It is worth noting at this point that the set of efficient equilibria forms a strict superset of the set of locally envy-free equilibria, and in particular contains the zero-revenue equilibria identified by Milgrom and discussed next.
Simplicity-Expressiveness Tradeoffs in Mechanism Design
But this would contradict the fact that the outcome and payments computed by VCG are envy free .
Simplicity-Expressiveness Tradeoffs in Mechanism Design
But this contradicts the envy freeness of the VCG assignment and payments (see, e.g., ).
Simplicity-Expressiveness Tradeoffs in Mechanism Design
Speaking as a particle physicist, an outsider, I have to say that my chief reaction after a week of listening to talks at this meeting is one of envy.
Conference Summary - 20th Texas Symposium on Relativistic Astrophysics