Meaning of envious


Envious is another way to say jealous or resentful — in other words, you want what someone else has, whether it’s charming good looks or the last chocolate frosted donut.

Once upon a time, envious meant “eager to emulate.” Now a days this adjective is used to describe covetous feelings or a state of painful desire. Envious usually isn’t a good thing to be; it’s better to let it go and be happy with what you’ve got. Just remember the words of the wise Greek philosopher Antisthenes: “As iron is eaten away by rust, so the envious are consumed by their own passion.”

Definitions of envious
  1. adjective

    showing extreme cupidity; painfully desirous of another’s advantages

    envious of their art collection”

    covetous, jealous

    desirous, wishful

    having or expressing desire for something

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