One of the mysteries of the English language finally explained.
1Seeking to emulate someone or something.
envious, covetous, desirousView synonyms
- ‘If he has, or gathers, a band of the emulous, we may look for some capital sport.’
- ‘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.’
- ‘His concern to distinguish ‘emulous’ Imitation from simple theft may surprise some.’
- 1.1 Motivated 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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