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Definition of Envy

  ENVY   noun
Emulation adapted to the meanest capacity.

Devil's Dictionarydefinition from:
The Devil's Dictionary
by Ambrose Bierce, 1911

Regular definition:
?env? n. & v. --n. (pl. -ies) 1 a feeling of discontented or resentful longing aroused by another's better fortune etc. 2 the object or ground of this feeling (their house is the envy of the neighbourhood). --v.tr. (-ies, -ied) feel envy of (a person, circumstances, etc.) (I envy you your position). °°envier n. [ME f. OF envie f. L invidia f. invidere envy (as IN-(1), videre see)]

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