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Definition of Envy


  1. Malice; ill will; spite.
  2. 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 Caesar.
  3. Emulation; rivalry.
  4. Public odium; ill repute.
  5. An object of envious notice or feeling.
  6. 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.
  7. 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.
  8. To long after; to desire strongly; to covet.
  9. To do harm to; to injure; to disparage.
  10. To hate.
  11. To emulate.
  12. To be filled with envious feelings; to regard anything with grudging and longing eyes; -- used especially with at.
  13. To show malice or ill will; to rail.

Envy Quotations

Success makes so many people hate you. I wish it wasn't that way. It would be wonderful to enjoy success without seeing envy in the eyes of those around you.
Marilyn Monroe

Do not overrate what you have received, nor envy others. He who envies others does not obtain peace of mind.

Socialism is a philosophy of failure, the creed of ignorance, and the gospel of envy, its inherent virtue is the equal sharing of misery.
Winston Churchill

Negative emotions like loneliness, envy, and guilt have an important role to play in a happy life; they're big, flashing signs that something needs to change.
Gretchen Rubin

Jealousy is both reasonable and belongs to reasonable men, while envy is base and belongs to the base, for the one makes himself get good things by jealousy, while the other does not allow his neighbour to have them through envy.
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Envy Translations

envy in Danish is misunde, misundelse
envy in Dutch is benijden, jaloers zijn op, misgunnen
envy in Finnish is kadehtia
envy in French is enviez, envient, envions, envie, envier
envy in German is beneide, Neid, beneiden, beneiden
envy in Italian is invidiare, invidia
envy in Latin is fascino, invidia
envy in Norwegian is misunne, misunnelse
envy in Spanish is envidiar, envidia
envy in Swedish is avundas, avund