Envy

Definition of Envy

En´vy
n.1.Malice; ill will; spite.
If he evade us there,
Enforce him with his envy to the people.
- Shak.
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 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.
- Ray.
No bliss
Enjoyed by us excites his envy more.
- Milton.
Envy, to which the ignoble mind's a slave,
Is emulation in the learned or brave.
- Pope.
3.Emulation; rivalry.
Such as cleanliness and decency
Prompt to a virtuous envy.
- Ford.
4.Public odium; ill repute.
To lay the envy of the war upon Cicero.
- B. Jonson.
5.An object of envious notice or feeling.
This constitution in former days used to be the envy of the world.
- Macaulay.
v. t.1.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.
[imp. & p. p. Envied ; p. pr. & vb. n. Envying.]
A woman does not envy a man for his fighting courage, nor a man a woman for her beauty.
- Collier.
2.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.
- Shak.
Jeffrey . . . had actually envied his friends their cool mountain breezes.
- Froude.
3.To long after; to desire strongly; to covet.
Or climb his knee the envied kiss to share.
- T. Gray.
4.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.
- J. Fletcher.
5.To hate.
6.To emulate.
v. i.1.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?
- Jer. Taylor.
2.To show malice or ill will; to rail.

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