Resentful desire of something possessed by another or others (but not limited to material possessions); as distinct from jealousy
To feel envy at or towards; to be envious of; to have a feeling of uneasiness or mortification in regard to (any one), arising from the sight of another's excellence or good fortune and a longing to possess it
Envy is the feeling you have when you wish you could have the same thing or quality that someone else has. Gradually he began to acknowledge his feelings of envy towards his mother They gazed in a mixture of envy and admiration at the beauty of the statue
spite and resentment at seeing the success of another (personified as one of the deadly sins) a feeling of grudging admiration and desire to have something possessed by another be envious of; set one's heart on feel envious towards; admire enviously
While the dictionary defines "envy" as a combination of discontent, resentment and desire - usually for the possessions, advantages or qualities of another, Keppe adds a new dimension to this definition, broader than ordinary jealousy and closer to the Latin root of the word: invidere (in = non, videre = to see) Keppe sees envy as a psychological blindness, a negation of awareness, an unconscious wish to destroy the goodness and beauty we see not just in others but in our own lives as well Although Keppe was originally trained as a Freudian analyst, he observed in his clinical practice that his patients exhibited envy that was not, as Freud proposed, sexually based Instead, it was due to a broader rejection of love, an unconscious dismissal of the goodness, truth and beauty in oneself and in others In Keppe's opinion, envy, although mainly unseen, is the primary destructive psychological force behind all ills - mental, physical and social
Chagrin, mortification, discontent, or uneasiness at the sight of another's excellence or good fortune, accompanied with some degree of hatred and a desire to possess equal advantages; malicious grudging; usually followed by of; as, they did this in envy of Cæsar
[ 'en-vE ] (noun.) 13th century. From Middle English envie from Old French envie from Latin invidia "envy" from invidere "to look at with malice" from in + videre ("on, upon" + "to look, see"). Displaced native Middle English ande, onde "envy" (from Old English anda, onda "breath, emotion, envy, hatred, grudge, dislike"), Middle English nithe, nith "envy, malice" (from Old English nīþ "envy, hatred, malice, spite, jealousy").
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