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ENVY (envied)

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 Dictionary entry overview: What does envy mean? 

ENVY (noun)
  The noun ENVY has 2 senses:

1. a feeling of grudging admiration and desire to have something that is possessed by another
2. spite and resentment at seeing the success of another (personified as one of the deadly sins)

  Familiarity information: ENVY used as a noun is rare.


ENVY (verb)
  The verb ENVY has 2 senses:

1. feel envious towards; admire enviously
2. be envious of; set one's heart on

  Familiarity information: ENVY used as a verb is rare.


 Dictionary entry details 


ENVY (noun)


Sense 1envy [BACK TO TOP]

Meaning:

A feeling of grudging admiration and desire to have something that is possessed by another

Classified under:

Nouns denoting feelings and emotions

Synonyms:

enviousness; envy

Hypernyms ("envy" is a kind of...):

bitterness; gall; rancor; rancour; resentment (a feeling of deep and bitter anger and ill-will)

Hyponyms (each of the following is a kind of "envy"):

covetousness (an envious eagerness to possess something)

green-eyed monster; jealousy (a feeling of jealous envy (especially of a rival))

penis envy ((psychoanalysis) a female's presumed envy of the male's penis; said to explain femininity)


Sense 2envy [BACK TO TOP]

Meaning:

Spite and resentment at seeing the success of another (personified as one of the deadly sins)

Classified under:

Nouns denoting acts or actions

Synonyms:

invidia; envy

Hypernyms ("envy" is a kind of...):

deadly sin; mortal sin (an unpardonable sin entailing a total loss of grace)


ENVY (verb)


Sense 1envy [BACK TO TOP]

Meaning:

Feel envious towards; admire enviously

Classified under:

Verbs of feeling

Hypernyms (to "envy" is one way to...):

admire; look up to (feel admiration for)

Sentence frames:

Somebody ----s somebody
Somebody ----s somebody something

Sentence example:

Sam cannot envy Sue


Sense 2envy [BACK TO TOP]

Meaning:

Be envious of; set one's heart on

Classified under:

Verbs of feeling

Synonyms:

begrudge; envy

Hypernyms (to "envy" is one way to...):

desire; want (feel or have a desire for; want strongly)

Troponyms (each of the following is one way to "envy"):

covet (wish, long, or crave for (something, especially the property of another person))

Sentence frames:

Somebody ----s somebody
Somebody ----s somebody something


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