emulous late 14c., from L. aemulus, from aemulari (see EMULATION (Cf. emulation)). Related: Emulously.

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  • Emulous — Em u*lous, a. [L. aemulus. See {Emulate}.] 1. Ambitiously desirous to equal or even to excel another; eager to emulate or vie with another; desirous of like excellence with another; with of; as, emulous of another s example or virtues. [1913… …   The Collaborative International Dictionary of English

  • emulous — *ambitious Analogous words: aspiring, aiming, panting (see AIM vb): *eager, avid, keen, anxious, athirst, agog …   New Dictionary of Synonyms

  • emulous — [em′yo͞o ləs, em′yələs] adj. [L aemulus: see EMULATE] 1. desirous of equaling or surpassing 2. characterized or caused by emulation 3. Obs. jealous; envious SYN. AMBITIOUS emulously adv. emulousness n …   English World dictionary

  • emulous — emulously, adv. emulousness, n. /em yeuh leuhs/, adj. 1. desirous of equaling or excelling; filled with emulation: boys emulous of their fathers. 2. arising from or of the nature of emulation, as actions or attitudes. 3. Obs. jealous; envious.… …   Universalium

  • emulous — adjective Date: 1535 1. a. inspired by or deriving from a desire to emulate b. ambitious or eager to emulate 2. obsolete jealous • emulously adverb • emulousness noun …   New Collegiate Dictionary

  • emulous — adjective ambitious or competitive See Also: emulate, emulation …   Wiktionary

  • emulous — (Roget s Thesaurus II) adjective 1. Full of ambition: ambitious, aspiring. See DESIRE. 2. Given to competition: competitive. See CONFLICT …   English dictionary for students

  • emulous — adj. ambitious, desirous (of success); emulative, imitative …   English contemporary dictionary

  • emulous — [ ɛmjʊləs] adjective formal seeking to emulate. Derivatives emulously adverb Origin ME: from L. aemulus rival …   English new terms dictionary

  • emulous — a. 1. Competing, rivalling. 2. Very desirous or eager to excel or equal. 3. Contentious, envious, jealous. 4. [With of.] Very desirous, eager …   New dictionary of synonyms

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