Envy is the ill-feeling that makes you think that someone is greater than you because he/she owns something that you do not. So if for example, you have a buddy from the neighborhood who just bought an awesome sports car and you feel bad about it, that is envy.
Between jealousy and envy, however, the latter is more sinister. Albeit both can bring out the monster in you (if it is not put under control), envy is an emotion that employs scheming and treachery. In jealousy, you can even find it sweet and touching once you recognize that a loved one gets jealous because of you. On the other hand, a person who is the object of an envious scheme can find himself or herself the subject of gossips and a target of hidden attacks.
So there you have it. The next time you use either of these 2 words, make sure you are selecting the appropriate one lest your words betray your intent.
|Circe Abounding in Envy by John Waterhouse|
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