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1Seeking to emulate someone or something.
envious, covetous, desirousView synonyms
- ‘His concern to distinguish ‘emulous’ Imitation from simple theft may surprise some.’
- ‘The difficulty of sorting out those confusions arises in part, of course, from the fact that, even before Edward Young's Conjectures on Original Composition, the tradition of ‘emulous imitation’ seemed in need of defense.’
- ‘If he has, or gathers, a band of the emulous, we may look for some capital sport.’
- 1.1Motivated by a spirit of rivalry.‘emulous young writers’
Late Middle English (in the sense ‘imitating’): from Latin aemulus rival. Current senses date from the mid 16th century.
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