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envi·er n.

envy·ing·ly adv.

Synonyms: envy, begrudge, covet
These verbs mean to feel resentful or painful desire for another’s advantages or possessions.

Envy, the most general, combines discontent, resentment, and desire:

“When I peruse the conquered fame of heroes and the victories of mighty generals,

I do not envy the generals” (Walt Whitman).
Begrudge stresses ill will and reluctance to acknowledge another’s right or claim:

Why begrudge him his success?
Covet stresses a secret or culpable longing for something to which one has no right:

“We hate no people and covet no people’s lands” (Wendell L. Willkie).

The American Heritage® Dictionary of the English Language, Fourth Edition copyright ©2000 by Houghton Mifflin Company. Updated in 2009. Published by Houghton Mifflin Company. All rights reserved.

envy [??nv?]

n pl -vies 1. a feeling of grudging or somewhat admiring discontent aroused by the possessions, achievements, or qualities of another

2. the desire to have for oneself something possessed by another; covetousness3. an object of envy

vb -vies, -vying, -vied to be envious of (a person or thing)

[via Old French from Latin invidia, from invid?re to eye maliciously, from in-2 + vid?re to see]

– earl

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