envy en-vy / ĕn-vē noun 1. no plural, the feeling of anger or bitterness because someone has more of something or a better life Envy is the art of counting the other fellow’s blessings instead of your own. Harold Coffin, 1905 – 1981 2. the object of jealousy The few who do are the envy of the many who only watch. Jim Rohn, 1930 – 2009 verb 1. to want something someone has, to be jealous Blessed is he who has learned to admire but not envy, to follow but not imitate, to praise but not flatter, and to lead but not manipulate. William Arthur Ward, 1921 – 1994 Etymology From the Latin noun invidia (envy, jealousy [see the Latin adjective invidus (jealous,envious) and the Latin verb invideo, invidere, invidi, invisus (look hostilely at, cast the evil eye on, be prejudiced against)]. Thank you to Allen Ward for providing this etymology.