I am not often envious, no matter how low into the negative my bank account dips.
Our duly elected president knows how it feels to have been dogged for years by the envious and the intimidated.
But what if they also know that making us happy or sad or angry or envious would make us more likely to want what they have?
c.1300, from Anglo-French envious, Old French envieus (13c.), earlier envidius (12c., Modern French envieux), from Latin invidiosus "full of envy" (source of Spanish envidioso, Italian invidioso, Portuguese invejoso), from invidia (see envy). Related: Enviously; enviousness.