[ UK /ˈɛnvɪəs/ ]
[ US /ˈɛnviəs/ ]
  1. showing extreme cupidity; painfully desirous of another's advantages
    he was never covetous before he met her
    envious of their art collection
    jealous of his success and covetous of his possessions
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How To Use envious In A Sentence

  • He can't help but be envious of those in the private sector - there is the great temptation.
  • And in such a case envy will be sure to work and boil up to a more than ordinary height, while the envious person frets, and raves, and swells at the plenties and affluence of his abounding neighbour, and (as I may so express it) is even ready to burst with another's fulness. Sermons Preached Upon Several Occasions. Vol. IV.
  • It is such a mouth as we can imagine some remorseless inquisitor to have had -- that is, not an inquisitor filled with holy zeal for what he mistakenly thought the cause of Christ demanded, but a spleeny, envious, rancorous shaveling, who tortured men from hatred of their superiority to him, and sheer love of inflicting pain. Andersonville — Volume 1
  • Envy and greed were the mainsprings of their creativity; it would have been more accurate if some of them had been called the Envious Young Men.
  • Dame Gourlay, with two of her contemporaries, the same who assisted at Alice's late-wake, seated apart upon a flat monument, or "through-stane," sate enviously comparing the shares which had been allotted to them in dividing the dole. The Bride of Lammermoor
  • Even then, her silent beauty had received admiring appraisals and envious glances.
  • Most teams would cast envious eyes over the pair of them. The Sun
  • Many of those who tend to be greedy, envious, and niggardly anyway fall prey to sin.
  • We will then walk past the envious eyes of the city to my crib, where we will get down all night long.
  • Envious glances were cast at Anne.
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