Envy En"vy, v. t. [imp. & p. p. {Envied}; p. pr. & vb. n. {Envying}.] [F. envier.] 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. [1913 Webster]

A woman does not envy a man for his fighting courage, nor a man a woman for her beauty. --Collier. [1913 Webster]

Whoever envies another confesses his superiority. --Rambler. [1913 Webster]

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. [1913 Webster]

I have seen thee fight, When I have envied thy behavior. --Shak. [1913 Webster]

Jeffrey . . . had actually envied his friends their cool mountain breezes. --Froude. [1913 Webster]

3. To long after; to desire strongly; to covet. [1913 Webster]

Or climb his knee the envied kiss to share. --T. Gray. [1913 Webster]

4. To do harm to; to injure; to disparage. [Obs.] [1913 Webster]

If I make a lie To gain your love and envy my best mistress, Put me against a wall. --J. Fletcher. [1913 Webster]

5. To hate. [Obs.] --Marlowe. [1913 Webster]

6. To emulate. [Obs.] --Spenser. [1913 Webster]

The Collaborative International Dictionary of English. 2000.


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