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Date: 1200-1300
Language: Old French
Origin: envie, from Latin invidia, from invidere 'to look at with bad feelings', from videre 'to see'

envy

2 noun
     
envy2 [uncountable]
1 the feeling of wanting something that someone else has [↪ jealousy]
with envy
He watched the others with envy.
envy of
his envy of the young man's success
twinge/pang of envy
I felt a twinge of envy when I saw them together.
She could see that all the other girls were green with envy (=feeling a lot of envy).
2

be the envy of somebody

to be something that other people admire and want to have very much:
an education system that is the envy of all European countries

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