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  • 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.… …   The Collaborative International Dictionary of English

  • envious - enviable — ◊ envious If you are envious, you wish you had something such as a possession, quality, or ability that someone else has. We see them doing things we are not allowed to do, and are envious. I tried hard not to be envious. You say that you are… …   Useful english dictionary

  • 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)… …   New Dictionary of Synonyms

  • 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; …   Etymology dictionary

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

  • 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,… …   New thesaurus

  • envious — ► ADJECTIVE ▪ feeling or showing envy. DERIVATIVES enviously adverb …   English terms dictionary

  • 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 …   English World dictionary

  • 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… …   English dictionary

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

  • 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

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