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"Eugène Raiga predicted that the setting up of socialist governments devoted to mutual aid would not inhibit these envious and jealous rivalries. As Helmut Schoeck points out, this has been amply proven."--The Tyranny of Malice (1989) by Joseph H. Berke

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Envy is an emotion, a resentful desire of something possessed by another or others; hatred, enmity, ill-feeling; emulation; rivalry.

The word jealous is often used to describe an envious state. In its correct usage, jealousy is the fear of losing something to another person (a loved one in the prototypical form), while envy is the pain or frustration caused by another person having something that one does not have oneself.

In some cultures, envy is associated with the color green, as in "green with envy". The phrase "green-eyed monster" refers to an individual whose current actions appear motivated by envy. This is based on a line from Shakespeare's Othello.

Envy (Invidia) is one of the Seven Deadly Sins.


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”)).


See also

Portrait of a Woman Suffering from Obsessive Envy

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