The main difference between envy and jealousy is that envy is the emotion of coveting what someone else has, while jealousy is the emotion related to fear that something you have will be taken away by someone else.
|Definition||Envy means "to bear a grudge toward someone due to coveting what that person has or enjoys." In a milder sense, it means "the longing for something someone else has without any ill will intended toward that person."||Jealous means "apprehensive or vengeful out of fear of being replaced by someone else." It can also mean "watchful, " "anxiously suspicious, " "zealous, " or "expecting complete devotion." The last is normally applied to God.|
|Example||I envy her possessions or situation.||I am jealous that you like her over me.|
|Easy way to remember||Envy is the emotion when you want a possession someone else has.||Jealousy is the emotion when you fear you may be replaced in the affection of someone you love or desire.|
Video Explaining the Differences
Envy is a desire to possess what someone else has. For example,
- She was envious of her friend who vacationed in exotic places and posted her pictures on Facebook.
Jealousy is the fear that what you possess will be taken from you. For example,
- Jane's harmless flirting with the valet was enough to throw her boyfriend into a fit of jealous rage.