emulous vs rivalrous what difference

what is difference between emulous and rivalrous


Alternative forms

  • æmulous (archaic)


From Latin aemulus (striving to equal or excel, rivaling; in a bad sense, envious, jealous), from Ancient Greek ἁμιλλάομαι (hamilláomai, strive, contend), akin to Latin imitari (to imitate); see imitate.


emulous (comparative more emulous, superlative most emulous)

  1. Ambitious or competitive.
    • 1859, George Meredith, The Ordeal of Richard Feverel, Chapter 1:
      A dozen ‘emulous oung persons in, or just out of, pinafores, swift-runners, had taken the field.

Related terms

  • emulate
  • emulation

Derived terms

Further reading

  • emulous in The Century Dictionary, New York, N.Y.: The Century Co., 1911.
  • emulous in Webster’s Revised Unabridged Dictionary, G. & C. Merriam, 1913.
  • Douglas Harper (2001–2021), “emulous”, in Online Etymology Dictionary.



rivalry +‎ -ous


  • (UK) IPA(key): /ˈɹaɪv(ə)lɹəs/
  • (US) IPA(key): /ˈɹaɪvəlɹəs/, /ɹaɪvl̩ɹəs/
  • Hyphenation: ri‧val‧rous


rivalrous (comparative more rivalrous, superlative most rivalrous)

  1. Having a relationship of rivalry.
  2. (economics, of a good) Which can be consumed by no more than one person at the same time.

Derived terms

  • rivalrously
  • rivalrousness


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