"It's nothing but enviousness," he said in a lowered tone, which had a stimulating effect upon my wearied hearing.
"Do not give way to the enviousness of your sister's lot," he admonished her, very grave, in his deep voice.
For that reason, perhaps, being free from that enviousness that characterizes so many girls, she was a beauty-lover.
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.