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From: DICT.TW English-Chinese Dictionary 英漢字典

 en·vy /ˈɛnvi/

From: Webster's Revised Unabridged Dictionary (1913)

 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.”

From: Webster's Revised Unabridged Dictionary (1913)

 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.
 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. [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.

From: Webster's Revised Unabridged Dictionary (1913)

 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.]

From: WordNet (r) 2.0

      n 1: a feeling of grudging admiration and desire to have
           something possessed by another [syn: enviousness, the
           green-eyed monster]
      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]
      [also: envied]