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Greed vs. Envy

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Main Difference

The main difference between Greed and Envy is that the Greed is a an inordinate or insatiable longing, especially for wealth, status, and power and Envy is a resentful emotion that "occurs when a person lacks another's (perceived) superior quality, achievement or possession and wishes that the other lacked it.

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Wikipedia
  • Greed (noun)

    A selfish or excessive desire for more than is needed or deserved, especially of money, wealth, food, or other possessions.

    "His greed was his undoing."

  • Envy (noun)

    Resentful desire of something possessed by another or others (but not limited to material possessions). from 13thc.

  • Envy (noun)

    An object of envious notice or feeling.

  • Envy (noun)

    Hatred, enmity, ill-feeling. 14th-18thc.

  • Envy (noun)

    Emulation; rivalry.

  • Envy (noun)

    Public odium; ill repute.

  • Envy (verb)

    To feel displeasure or hatred towards (someone) for their good fortune or possessions. from 14th c.

  • Envy (verb)

    To have envious feelings (at). 15th-18th c.

  • Envy (verb)

    To give (something) to (someone) grudgingly or reluctantly; to begrudge. 16th-18th c.

  • Envy (verb)

    To show malice or ill will; to rail.

    "He has...envied against the people."

  • Envy (verb)

    To do harm to; to injure; to disparage.

  • Envy (verb)

    To hate.

  • Envy (verb)

    To emulate.

Wiktionary
  • Greed (noun)

    intense and selfish desire for something, especially wealth, power, or food

    "the colonists' greed for African land"

    "mercenaries who had allowed greed to overtake their principles"

    "greed has taken over football"

  • Envy (noun)

    a feeling of discontented or resentful longing aroused by someone else's possessions, qualities, or luck

    "she felt a twinge of envy for the people on board"

  • Envy (noun)

    a person or thing that inspires envy

    "France has a film industry that is the envy of Europe"

  • Envy (verb)

    desire to have a quality, possession, or other desirable thing belonging to (someone else)

    "I envy Jane her happiness"

    "he envied people who did not have to work at the weekends"

  • Envy (verb)

    desire for oneself (something belonging to another)

    "a lifestyle which most of us would envy"

Oxford Dictionary
  • Greed (noun)

    An eager desire or longing; greediness; as, a greed of gain.

  • Envy (noun)

    Malice; ill will; spite.

  • Envy (noun)

    Chagrin, mortification, discontent, or uneasiness at the sight of another's excellence or good fortune, accompanied with some degree of hatred and a desire to possess equal advantages; malicious grudging; - usually followed by of; as, they did this in envy of Cæsar.

  • Envy (noun)

    Emulation; rivalry.

  • Envy (noun)

    Public odium; ill repute.

  • Envy (noun)

    An object of envious notice or feeling.

  • Envy

    To feel envy at or towards; to be envious of; to have a feeling of uneasiness or mortification in regard to (any one), arising from the sight of another's excellence or good fortune and a longing to possess it.

  • Envy

    To feel envy on account of; to have a feeling of grief or repining, with a longing to possess (some excellence or good fortune of another, or an equal good fortune, etc.); to look with grudging upon; to begrudge.

  • Envy

    To long after; to desire strongly; to covet.

  • Envy

    To do harm to; to injure; to disparage.

  • Envy

    To hate.

  • Envy

    To emulate.

  • Envy (verb)

    To be filled with envious feelings; to regard anything with grudging and longing eyes; - used especially with at.

  • Envy (verb)

    To show malice or ill will; to rail.

Webster Dictionary
  • Greed (noun)

    excessive desire to acquire or possess more (especially more material wealth) than one needs or deserves

  • Greed (noun)

    reprehensible acquisitiveness; insatiable desire for wealth (personified as one of the deadly sins)

  • Envy (noun)

    a feeling of grudging admiration and desire to have something possessed by another

  • Envy (noun)

    spite and resentment at seeing the success of another (personified as one of the deadly sins)

  • Envy (verb)

    feel envious towards; admire enviously

  • Envy (verb)

    be envious of; set one's heart on

Princeton's WordNet

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