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  2  definitions  found 
 
  From  Webster's  Revised  Unabridged  Dictionary  (1913)  [web1913]: 
 
  Envious  \En"vi*ous\,  a.  [OF.  envios,  F.  envieux  fr  L. 
  invidiosus,  fr  invidia  envy.  See  {Envy},  and  cf 
  {Invidious}.] 
  1.  Malignant;  mischievous;  spiteful.  [Obs.] 
 
  Each  envious  brier  his  weary  legs  doth  scratch. 
  --Shak. 
 
  2.  Feeling  or  exhibiting  envy;  actuated  or  directed  by  or 
  proceeding  from  envy;  --  said  of  a  person,  disposition, 
  feeling,  act  etc.;  jealously  pained  by  the  excellence  or 
  good  fortune  of  another;  maliciously  grudging;  --  followed 
  by  of  at  and  against;  as  an  envious  man,  disposition, 
  attack;  envious  tongues. 
 
  My  soul  is  envious  of  mine  eye.  --Keble. 
 
  Neither  be  thou  envious  at  the  wicked.  --Prov.  xxiv. 
  19. 
 
  3.  Inspiring  envy.  [Obs.  or  Poetic] 
 
  He  to  him  leapt,  and  that  same  envious  gage  Of 
  victor's  glory  from  him  snatched  away  --Spenser. 
 
  4.  Excessively  careful;  cautious.  [Obs.] 
 
  No  men  are  so  envious  of  their  health.  --Jer. 
  Taylor. 
  --  {En"vi*ous*ly},  adv  --  {En"vi*ous*ness},  n. 
 
  From  WordNet  r  1.6  [wn]: 
 
  envious 
  adj  1:  showing  extreme  cupidity;  painfully  desirous  of  another's 
  advantages;  "he  was  never  covetous  before  he  met  her"; 
  "jealous  of  his  success  and  covetous  of  his 
  possessions";  "envious  of  their  art  collection"  [syn: 
  {covetous},  {jealous}] 
  2:  that  feels  envy  of  another's  possessions  [syn:  {begrudging}, 
  {grudging}] 




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