En·vy 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. [Obs.] “He has . . . envied against the people.”
En·vy n.; pl. Envies
1. Malice; ill will; spite. [Obs.]
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.
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. [Obs.]
Such as cleanliness and decency
Prompt to a virtuous envy. --Ford.
4. Public odium; ill repute. [Obs.]
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.
En·vy, v. t. [imp. & p. p. Envied p. pr. & vb. n. Envying.]
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.
A woman does not envy a man for his fighting courage, nor a man a woman for her beauty. --Collier.
Whoever envies another confesses his superiority. --Rambler.
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. [Obs.]
If I make a lie
To gain your love and envy my best mistress,
Put me against a wall. --J. Fletcher.
5. To hate. [Obs.]
6. To emulate. [Obs.]
n 1: a feeling of grudging admiration and desire to have
something possessed by another [syn: enviousness, the
2: spite and resentment at seeing the success of another
(personified as one of the deadly sins) [syn: invidia]
v 1: feel envious towards; admire enviously
2: be envious of; set one's heart on [syn: begrudge]