Tuesday, April 13, 2010


Envy is defined as:

1 : painful or resentful awareness of an advantage enjoyed by another joined with a desire to possess the same advantage
2 obs: malice
3 : an object of envious notice or feeling ‹his new car made him the ~ of his friends›

While malice is:

1 : desire to cause pain, injury, or distress to another
2 : intent to commit an unlawful act or cause harm without legal justification or excuse

"malice malevolence ill will spite malignity spleen grudge" mean the desire to see another experience pain, injury, or distress. malice implies a deep-seated often unexplainable desire to see another suffer ‹felt no malice toward their former enemies›. malevolence suggests a bitter persistent hatred that is likely to be expressed in malicious conduct ‹a look of dark malevolence›. ill will implies a feeling of antipathy of limited duration ‹ill will provoked by a careless remark›. spite implies petty feelings of envy and resentment that are often expressed in small harassments ‹petty insults inspired by spite›. malignity implies deep passion and relentlessness ‹a life consumed by motiveless malignity›. spleen suggests the wrathful release of latent spite or persistent malice ‹venting his spleen against politicians›. grudge implies a harbored feeling of resentment or ill will that seeks satisfaction ‹never one to harbor a grudge›.