envious

  • 1 Envious — En vi*ous, a. [OF. envios, F. envieux, fr. L. invidiosus, fr. invidia envy. See {Envy}, and cf. {Invidious}.] 1. Malignant; mischievous; spiteful. [Obs.] [1913 Webster] Each envious brier his weary legs doth scratch. Shak. [1913 Webster] 2.… …

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  • 2 envious — envious, jealous, though not close synonyms, are comparable because both carry as their basic meaning that of grudging another s possession of something desirable. Envious stresses a coveting of something (as riches, possessions, or attainments)… …

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  • 3 envious — c.1300, from Anglo Fr. envious, O.Fr. envieus (13c.), earlier envidius (12c., Mod.Fr. envieux), from L. invidiosus full of envy (Cf. Sp. envidioso, It. invidioso, Port. invejoso), from invidia (see ENVY (Cf. envy)). Related: Enviously; …

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  • 4 envious — index jealous, resentful Burton s Legal Thesaurus. William C. Burton. 2006 …

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  • 5 envious — [adj] jealous, resentful appetent, aspiring, begrudging, coveting, covetous, craving, desiring, desirous, distrustful, fain, grasping, greedy, green eyed*, green with envy*, grudging, hankering, invidious, jaundiced, longing for, malicious,… …

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  • 6 envious — ► ADJECTIVE ▪ feeling or showing envy. DERIVATIVES enviously adverb …

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  • 7 envious — [en′vē əs] adj. [ME < OFr envieus < L invidiosus < invidia, ENVY] 1. characterized by envy; feeling, showing, or resulting from envy 2. Obs. a) emulous b) enviable enviously adv. enviousness n …

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  • 8 envious — [[t]e̱nviəs[/t]] ADJ GRADED: oft ADJ of n If you are envious of someone, you want something that they have. I don t think I m envious of your success... Do I sound envious? I pity them, actually. ...envious thoughts. Derived words: enviously ADV… …

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  • 9 envious — adj. VERBS ▪ appear, be, feel, look, seem, sound ▪ She tried not to appear envious. ▪ become …

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  • 10 envious — en|vi|ous [ˈenviəs] adj wanting something that someone else has →↑jealous envious of ▪ Colleagues were envious of her success. ▪ envious looks >enviously adv …

    Dictionary of contemporary English

  • 11 envious — en|vi|ous [ enviəs ] adjective unhappy because you want very much to do something that someone else does or have something that they have: He saw their envious glances and felt distinctly uncomfortable. envious of: He was envious of the local… …

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  • 12 envious — UK [ˈenvɪəs] / US adjective unhappy because you want very much to do something that someone else does or to have something that they have an envious glance envious of: He was envious of the local boys who could see her every day. See: jealous… …

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  • 13 envious — adjective Date: 13th century 1. feeling or showing envy < envious of their neighbor s new car > < envious looks > 2. archaic a. emulous b. enviable • enviously adverb • envi …

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  • 14 envious — enviously, adv. enviousness, n. /en vee euhs/, adj. 1. full of, feeling, or expressing envy: envious of a person s success; an envious attack. 2. Archaic. a. emulous. b. enviable. [1250 1300; ME < AF; OF envieus < L invidiosus INVIDIOUS] …

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  • 15 envious — adj. envious of * * * [ envɪəs] envious of …

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  • 16 envious — adjective wanting something that someone else has: an envious look (+ of): Her colleagues were envious of her success. see also: jealous enviously adverb …

    Longman dictionary of contemporary English

  • 17 envious — /ˈɛnviəs / (say enveeuhs) adjective full of, feeling, or expressing envy: envious of a person s success; an envious attack. {Middle English, from Anglo French, variant of Old French envieus, from envie envy} –enviously, adverb –enviousness, noun …

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  • 18 envious — See enviable, envious …

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  • 19 envious — adjective she felt envious of her friend s beauty Syn: jealous, covetous, desirous; grudging, begrudging, resentful; bitter See note at jealous …

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  • 20 envious — adj. (often foll. by of) feeling or showing envy. Derivatives: enviously adv. Etymology: ME f. AF envious, OF envieus f. envie ENVY …

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