Meaning of envy

envy




Wanting what someone else has and resenting them for having it is envy. If your best friend comes to school with the silver backpack you’d had your eye on all summer, you want to be happy for her, instead you feel bitter envy.

Envy comes from the Latin word invidere, which literally means “look upon.” You know when you say something funny or smart and someone gives you the evil eye? Envy all the way. Envy can be used as a noun or as a verb: Envy (noun) is the feeling you have when you envy (verb) what someone else has.

Definitions of envy
  1. noun

    a feeling of grudging admiration and desire to have something that is possessed by another

    synonyms:

    enviousness

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    types:

    covetousness

    an envious eagerness to possess something
    green-eyed monster, jealousy

    a feeling of jealous envy (especially of a rival)
    penis envy

    (psychoanalysis) a female’s presumed envy of the male’s penis; said to explain femininity
    type of:

    bitterness, gall, rancor, rancour, resentment

    a feeling of deep and bitter anger and ill-will

  2. noun

    spite and resentment at seeing the success of another (personified as one of the deadly sins)

    synonyms:

    invidia

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    type of:

    deadly sin, mortal sin

    an unpardonable sin entailing a total loss of grace

  3. verb

    feel envious towards; admire enviously

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    type of:

    admire, look up to

    feel admiration for

  4. verb

    be envious of; set one’s heart on

    synonyms:

    begrudge

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    types:

    covet

    wish, long, or crave for (something, especially the property of another person)
    drool, salivate

    be envious, desirous, eager for, or extremely happy about something
    type of:

    desire, want

    feel or have a desire for; want strongly

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