I. noun (plural envies) Etymology: Middle English envie, from Anglo-French, from Latin invidia, from invidus envious, from invidēre to look askance at, envy, from in- + vidēre to see — more at wit Date: 13th century 1. painful or resentful awareness of an advantage enjoyed by another joined with a desire to possess the same advantage 2. obsolete malice 3. an object of envious notice or feeling <
his new car made him the envy of his friends
II. verb (envied; envying) Date: 14th century transitive verb 1. to feel envy toward or on account of 2. obsolete begrudge intransitive verb obsolete to feel or show envy • envyingly adverb

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