How Do You Spell ENVY?

Pronunciation: [ˈɛnvi] (IPA)

The word "envy" is spelled with the letters e-n-v-y. The first sound is the short e sound, pronounced as /ɛ/. The second sound is the soft n sound, pronounced as /n/. The third sound is the v sound, pronounced as /v/. The final sound is the long e sound, pronounced as /i/. This phonetic transcription helps to understand the pronunciation of the word and the correct spelling. Envy is a feeling of discontentment or jealousy towards another person's success, possessions or advantages.

ENVY Meaning and Definition

  1. Envy is a complex human emotion that encompasses feelings of discontent, jealousy, and resentment towards someone else's qualities, possessions, or achievements. It is commonly defined as a strong desire to possess something that someone else possesses, or to experience the same successes and advantages as another person, often accompanied by a sense of inferiority or rivalry.

    Envy typically arises when individuals perceive that others possess something they lack or desire. This could be material possessions, such as wealth, possessions, or social status, or more intangible qualities like talent, beauty, or success. Envy can manifest as a negative, bitter emotion, leading individuals to feel resentful and dissatisfied with their own circumstances.

    This emotion is often associated with feelings of competition and comparison, as individuals assess and measure themselves against others. Envy can evoke a desire to undermine or diminish the accomplishments or characteristics of the person being envied, which can sometimes result in destructive behavior or malicious intentions.

    While envy is a natural human response, it is generally considered a negative emotion due to its potential to breed dissatisfaction, bitterness, and unhealthy rivalry. Individuals experiencing envy are often encouraged to reflect on the root causes of their feelings and work on self-improvement or self-acceptance. Cultivating gratitude, developing a positive mindset, and focusing on personal growth can help individuals combat envy and foster a more content and fulfilled outlook on life.

  2. • To repine at another's superiority; to dislike and be discontented on account of the superior excellence or success of another; to look upon with malice.
    • Hatred or ill-will excited by the superior success or excellence of another; malice.

    Etymological and pronouncing dictionary of the English language. By Stormonth, James, Phelp, P. H. Published 1874.

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Etymology of ENVY

The word "envy" originated from the Latin word "invidia". It was derived from the Latin verb "invidere", which means "to look at with malice" or "to feel ill will towards someone". The term "invidia" was later adopted into Old French as "envie" and passed into Middle English, eventually becoming the word "envy" as we know it today.

Idioms with the word ENVY

  • be green with envy The idiom "be green with envy" means to feel intense jealousy or envy toward someone else.
  • green with envy The idiom "green with envy" means to feel intense jealousy or envy towards someone else's success, possessions, or qualities. It implies that jealousy can physically manifest as a green hue on a person's face or appearance.
  • envy sm for sm or sth The idiom "envy someone for someone or something" means to feel jealous of someone because they possess or are associated with someone or something that the speaker desires or admires. It emphasizes the feeling of resentment or longing for a particular person or thing that another person possesses.
  • be the envy of somebody/something The idiom "be the envy of somebody/something" means to be in a superior/amazing position or possess something that others desire but do not have, causing them to feel jealous or envious.
  • envy (someone) for (something) The idiom "envy (someone) for (something)" means to feel jealous or desire what someone else possesses or achieves. It refers to the feeling of discontent or longing for someone else's qualities, possessions, success, or advantages.
  • envy someone for someone or something The idiom "envy someone for someone or something" means to feel a strong sense of jealousy towards another person because they have something or someone that one desires or covets. It implies a feeling of discontentment or resentment towards the person or the object of their envy.
  • be the envy of (someone or something) The idiom "be the envy of (someone or something)" means to be greatly admired, desired, or coveted by someone or something. It implies that one possesses something or achieves a level of success that others strongly desire for themselves, leading to feelings of jealousy or longing.

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Plural form of ENVY is ENVIES

Conjugate verb Envy


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