envious vs jealous : Common Errors in English

About envious vs jealous

Although these are often treated as synonyms, there is a difference. Youare envious of what others have that you lack. Jealousy, on the otherhand, involves wanting to hold on to what you do have. You can bejealous of your boyfriend’s attraction to other women, but you’reenvious of your boyfriend’s CD collection.

envious Meaning(s)

  • (s) showing extreme cupidity; painfully desirous of another's advantages

jealous Meaning(s)

  • (s) showing extreme cupidity; painfully desirous of another's advantages
  • (s) suspicious or unduly suspicious or fearful of being displaced by a rival

envious in News

  1. Hedge Funds for the Masses?

    Those who caricature hedge fund managers portray them as rich, secretive market gurus who occupy cult status among admirers and envious followers. For many, the term "hedge fund" itself has an almost showbiz allure and the big names that occupy this space are certainly larger-than-life figures. Consider George Soros, who broke the Bank of England; John Paulson, the contrarian who foresaw the ...
    on June 10, 2013 Source: U.S.News & World Report LP via Yahoo! News

  2. China's May Retail Sales Growth Misses Gov't Target; Exports Soft

    China said today retail sales grew 12.9% in May from a year earlier, an envious gain from by global standards but below the government’s full-year target at a time of worry in the country about the pace of economic growth.
    on June 9, 2013 Source: Forbes

jealous in News

  1. BEHOLD: Miley Cyrus' Sweatpants/Denim Frankentrousers

    (Getty Images) Miley Cyrus 's left leg must have been really jealous of her right leg at last night's MySpace party (I know, right?) in L.A. Lefty had to spend the evening constrained by stiff denim, while righty was encased in gloriously stretchy sweatpant material. Observe: (Getty Images) The pants (Jean-sweats? Jweats?), which are by Ashish, were styled with a leather jacket and a matching ...
    on June 14, 2013 Source: StyleBistro

  2. Jennifer Aniston Is Jealous of Kate Middleton's Hair

    Jennifer Aniston tells the July 2013 issue of Marie Claire that she's jealous of Kate Middleton's hair and talks about how she'll style her tresses for her wedding to Justin Theroux
    on June 13, 2013 Source: Us Weekly via omg!

  3. Finny gets jealous

    Finny is jealous. At first, I thought he was just curious about the two little balls of fluff, heated under a light bulb in the garage. Several times a day, I go in to feed, water and pet them. They are always thrilled to see me and peep up a storm.
    on June 11, 2013 Source: The Lewiston Sun Journal

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