enviable

  • 1 enviable — [ ɑ̃vjabl ] adj. • fin XIVe, rare av. 1830; de envier ♦ Qui est digne d envie; que l on peut envier. ⇒ désirable, souhaitable, tentant. Une situation, une position enviable. Un sort peu enviable. L homme d action leur « apparaissait comme un… …

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  • 2 Enviable — En vi*a*ble, a. [From {Envy}.] Fitted to excite envy; capable of awakening an ardent desire to posses or to resemble. [1913 Webster] One of most enviable of human beings. Macaulay. {En vi*a*ble*ness}, n. {En vi*a*bly}, adv. [1913 Webster] …

    The Collaborative International Dictionary of English

  • 3 enviable — index meritorious Burton s Legal Thesaurus. William C. Burton. 2006 …

    Law dictionary

  • 4 enviable — c.1600, from ENVY (Cf. envy) + ABLE (Cf. able). Related: Enviably …

    Etymology dictionary

  • 5 enviable — [adj] desired, blessed advantageous, covetable, desirable, excellent, favored, fortunate, good, lucky, privileged, superior, welcome; concept 574 Ant. disadvantaged, undesirable, undesired, unenviable, unfavored, unlucky …

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  • 6 enviable — ► ADJECTIVE ▪ arousing or likely to arouse envy. DERIVATIVES enviably adverb …

    English terms dictionary

  • 7 enviable — [en′vē ə bəl] adj. good enough to be envied or desired enviably adv …

    English World dictionary

  • 8 enviable — (an vi a bl ) adj. Digne d envie ; que l on peut envier ; à qui l on peut porter envie. Bien enviable. Personne enviable. HISTORIQUE    XVe s. •   Envieuse non enviable, EUST. DESCH. Poésies mss. dans LACURNE. ÉTYMOLOGIE    Envier …

    Dictionnaire de la Langue Française d'Émile Littré

  • 9 enviable — [[t]e̱nviəb(ə)l[/t]] ADJ GRADED: usu ADJ n You describe something such as a quality as enviable when someone else has it and you wish that you had it too. Japan, unlike other big economies, is in the enviable position of having a budget surplus …

    English dictionary

  • 10 enviable — en|vi|a|ble [ˈenviəbəl] adj an enviable quality, position, or possession is good and other people would like to have it ▪ Now he was in the enviable position of not having to work for a living. >enviably adv …

    Dictionary of contemporary English

  • 11 enviable — adjective an enviable quality, position, or possession is good and other people would like to have it: Now he was in the enviable position of not having to work for a living. enviably adverb …

    Longman dictionary of contemporary English

  • 12 ENVIABLE — adj. des deux genres Qui est digne d’envie. Une position enviable …

    Dictionnaire de l'Academie Francaise, 8eme edition (1935)

  • 13 enviable — enviableness, n. enviably, adv. /en vee euh beuhl/, adj. worthy of envy; very desirable: an enviable position. [1595 1605; ENVY + ABLE] Syn. advantageous, fortunate, lucky. * * * …

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  • 14 enviable — adjective Arousing or likely to arouse envy. He had achieved many enviable dramatic successes before this time. mdash; by Ant: unenviable …

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  • 15 enviable — See enviable, envious …

    Dictionary of problem words and expressions

  • 16 enviable — adj. Enviable is used with these nouns: ↑position, ↑record, ↑reputation …

    Collocations dictionary

  • 17 enviable — en|vi|a|ble [ enviəbl ] adjective an enviable quality or situation is one that other people admire and would like to have as well ╾ en|vi|a|bly adverb …

    Usage of the words and phrases in modern English

  • 18 enviable — adjective of the three candidates, St. Clair has the enviable advantage of experience Syn: desirable, desired, favored, sought after, admirable, covetable, attractive; fortunate, lucky; informal to die for …

    Thesaurus of popular words

  • 19 enviable — UK [ˈenvɪəb(ə)l] / US adjective an enviable quality or situation is one that other people admire and would like to have as well Derived word: enviably adverb …

    English dictionary

  • 20 enviable — [ˈenviəb(ə)l] adj an enviable quality or situation is one that someone has and that other people would like to have Ant: unenviable …

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