Definitions

from The American Heritage® Dictionary of the English Language, 4th Edition

  • adj. Feeling, expressing, or characterized by envy: "At times he regarded the wounded soldiers in an envious way.... He wished that he, too, had a wound, a red badge of courage” ( Stephen Crane). See Synonyms at jealous.
  • adj. Archaic Eager to emulate; emulous.

from Wiktionary, Creative Commons Attribution/Share-Alike License

  • adj. Feeling or exhibiting envy; jealously desiring the excellence or good fortune of another; maliciously grudging
  • adj. Excessively careful; cautious.
  • adj. Malignant; mischievous; spiteful.
  • adj. Inspiring envy.

from the GNU version of the Collaborative International Dictionary of English

  • adj. Malignant; mischievous; spiteful.
  • adj. Feeling or exhibiting envy; actuated or directed by, or proceeding from, envy; -- said of a person, disposition, feeling, act, etc.; jealously pained by the excellence or good fortune of another; maliciously grudging; -- followed by of, at, and against
  • adj. Inspiring envy.
  • adj. Excessively careful; cautious.

from The Century Dictionary and Cyclopedia

  • Feeling or disposed to feel envy.
  • Tinctured with envy; manifesting or expressing envy: as, an envious disposition; an envious attack; an envious tongue.
  • Calculated to inspire envy; enviable.
  • Jealous; watchful; exceedingly careful.
  • Synonyms See invidious.

from WordNet 3.0 Copyright 2006 by Princeton University. All rights reserved.

  • adj. showing extreme cupidity; painfully desirous of another's advantages

Etymologies

Old French envieus; more at envy. (Wiktionary)

Examples

  • None the less, he did all he could, and his preachings are full of accusations and invective against the wise of the world, for he thus called the envious and those who opposed his doctrines.

    Discourses

  • Whilst they were represented by their votaries as excelling in beauty and activity, strength and intelligence, they were at the same time described as envious and gluttonous, base, lustful, and revengeful.

    The Ancient Church Its History, Doctrine, Worship, and Constitution

  • In Dante’s Purgatory, the punishment for the envious is to have their eyes sewn shut with wire because they have gained sinful pleasure from seeing others brought low.

    2009 March « I’m Not Broken

  • And that orcs, as you view them, are envious is not a justification but another flaw. (

    superversive: Website update

  • William Dembski calls envious attention to the funding (reportedly $25M) by NSF of the BEACON (Bio/computational Evolution in Action CONsortium ) project, a multi-institutional consortium that is intended

    NSF Center for the Study of Evolution in Action Funded - The Panda's Thumb

  • The dissonance of it is mellifluous; I'm envious, which is a sign I'm not as humble as he.

    The Dissonance of Humility

  • If he is able and unwilling, he is envious, which is equally at variance with God.

    THEODICY

  • It is also the vilest affection, and the most depraved; for which cause it is the proper attribute of the devil, who is called the envious man, that soweth tares amongst the wheat by night; as it always cometh to pass, that envy worketh subtilly, and in the dark, and to the prejudice of good things, such as is the wheat.

    IX. Of Envy

  • As soon as broad daylight came, the word was given, and the whole flock being dropped to the full length of their lines, they set up such a screaming, cackling, and flapping, as could not fail, when aided by the mingled laughter and shouts of their future demolishers, to call the envious attention of the whole surrounding fleet!

    The Lieutenant and Commander

  • The persecutions and slanders of the envious are the tribute great merit must always pay to the world at large.

    Berlin and Sans-Souci; or Frederick the Great and his friends

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