Learn English – Describe someone who doesn’t want anything better to happen to anyone else


I'm looking for a one (two might be ok) word description for a person who doesn't want anyone else to have a better life than himself. This is the type of person who will break your crayon on purpose because he accidentally broke his own. He's not inherently mean; if his own life is going well, then yours can, too.

To make this a little stronger, here's another example. Describe (in one or two words) a person who, after being born with only one arm, goes around chopping off other people's arms because he thinks it isn't fair that they all get to have two.

So far, the best I have is bitter or malcontent, but neither of these is strong enough in my opinion.

For context, I'm writing a log line and having trouble getting a strong enough adjective to describe the antagonist.

Best Answer

You're describing someone who is envious.

envy a feeling of discontent or covetousness with regard to another's advantages, success, possessions, etc.

Some see this as the same as being jealous.

jealous resentment against a rival, a person enjoying success or advantage, etc., or against another's success or advantage itself.

However, a distinction can be made between them as envy is about a loss of equality while jealousy is typically about fear of a possession being lost. http://www.vocabulary.com/articles/chooseyourwords/envy-jealousy/


Thanks for the edit. Knowing this is for a logline helps a great deal.

I'm not finding a better single word for you but do have a suggestion for useage.

Say your antagonist's name is Dr. Conners. Your logline might be:

Dr. Conners envious demand for equality with the rest of mankind leads him to force his own misfortunes upon others.

This may need tweaking for your own use. Your line about arm chopping has me thinking about old spiderman comics. And for some reason, communism.