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[en-vee-uh s] /ˈɛn vi əs/
full of, feeling, or expressing envy:
envious of a person's success; an envious attack.
  1. emulous.
  2. enviable.
Origin of envious
1250-1300; Middle English < Anglo-French; Old French envieus < Latin invidiōsus invidious
Related forms
enviously, adverb
enviousness, noun
nonenvious, adjective
nonenviously, adverb
nonenviousness, noun
overenvious, adjective
overenviously, adverb
overenviousness, noun
quasi-envious, adjective
quasi-enviously, adverb
unenvious, adjective
unenviously, adverb
Can be confused
enviable, envious, jealous.
1. resentful, jealous, covetous. Unabridged
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Examples from the Web for unenvious
Historical Examples
  • He feared no criticism, and was unenvious of the fame of rivals.

  • He is sorry for those who are unfortunate, and unenvious of those who have succeeded.

    Mixed Faces Roy Norton
  • "There's something so stylish about you, Anne," said Diana, with unenvious admiration.

    Anne Of Green Gables Lucy Maud Montgomery
  • She was unenvious, because she was going to have all these things soon.

    The Job Sinclair Lewis
  • Such, too, was Nesbitt; the older members of the profession loved him, and those of his own age were unenvious and esteemed him.

    The Memories of Fifty Years William H. Sparks
  • In all essentials her desires were as simple and unenvious as his.

    The Graftons Archibald Marshall
  • Ned Lawless never changed his position, but seemed as careless and unenvious as the youngest lad in court.

    Nevermore Rolf Boldrewood
  • She had gazed with unenvious admiration on the palaces of upper Fifth Avenue and the Park.

    Money Magic Hamlin Garland
British Dictionary definitions for unenvious


feeling, showing, or resulting from envy
Derived Forms
enviously, adverb
enviousness, noun
Word Origin
C13: from Anglo-Norman, ultimately from Latin invidiōsus full of envy, invidious; see envy
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Word Origin and History for unenvious



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.

Online Etymology Dictionary, © 2010 Douglas Harper
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