What is a word for people who hate other people's success?

Let's say there is the following scenario:
A is telling B that his success should not be considered an achievement. B's acknowledgement of his achievement as a success shows how B has nothing left to add. A can be said to impose a highly dictatorial behaviour, to deny something that falls outside A's acceptance/hate of B's success.

  • What single word can define A's behaviour? Hater is just too generic.
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    Could you provide an example sentence, and perhaps explain why words like jealous don't work? Oct 31, 2015 at 20:58
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    Do you want an adjective that describes such people or a noun that means such people? Oct 31, 2015 at 20:58
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    "Resentful" is closer than "envious", "covetful" or "jealous", but don't perfectly fit with the hate feeling.
    – Graffito
    Oct 31, 2015 at 21:05
  • Actually, this is a pretty good question. Yes, a noun would be nice. A person whose mission in life is to tell on other people is called a snitch. A person who won't spend an extra penny even on himself/herself is a miser. A person who thinks that not following every rule to the letter is called a pedant or a Pharisee. A person who is habitually envious of others and begrudges them every little thing is called - ?
    – Ricky
    Oct 31, 2015 at 21:06
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    The word - used quite commonly in social arenas - I believe that describes this type of person the most is "hater. Yes, it's actually a word. Oct 31, 2015 at 21:13

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enviers Merriam-Webster

Derivative of envy meaning a feeling of discontented or resentful longing aroused by someone else's possessions, qualities, or luck. This includes, but is not limited to the success.



: (Slang) a person that simply cannot be happy for another person's success. So rather than be happy they make a point of exposing a flaw in that person. Hating, the result of being a hater, is not exactly jealousy. The hater doesn't really want to be the person he or she hates, rather the hater wants to knock someone else down a notch. Urban Dictionary

: (Informal, mainly US and Canada) a grudging or spiteful person, esp. one who disparages others: Don't let the haters get you down. Collins English Dictionary

I can’t believe she went and told my father about everything just to get me in trouble, what a hater.

The slang term used here is hater, which refers to someone who is jealous or angry toward another person because of their success. Literary Devices

The term hater basically means the person you're referring to is jealous of you. They're "hating" on the way you live, your significant other, job, car, family, etc. Everyone has them. And like they say don't let those haters get you down, keep doing what you're doing. It'll only make them madder and jealous! Yahoo Answers

In light of your edit, consider begrudging along with the expression have an evil eye.

begrudge: to envy or resent the pleasure or good fortune of (someone): She begrudged her friend the award. Random House

The opposite trait of a “good eye” is an “evil eye,” or one that is envious. Such an individual is only concerned with what is good for him and not what is good for others. One who has an “evil eye” is not necessarily jealous of others. Worse than that, he feels miserable when others have occasion to be happy and is begrudging of their success. The trait of an “evil eye” is also the root of another negative characteristic known as “Ungratefulness.” Birmingham-Bloomfield Chai Center

  • Your post was 26 seconds after my comment your answer appears - quite timely, if I do say so myself. There's just one thing I think you should add to your post: you should include the actual definition, so that the OP can compare the definition to a more credible source than Urban Dictionary. Oct 31, 2015 at 21:16
  • Way too general, if you ask me. One can hate others for many reasons, not just envy.
    – Ricky
    Oct 31, 2015 at 21:18
  • @LeSunstrike ??? The word - used quite commonly in social arenas - I believe that describes this type of person the most is "hater. Yes, it's actually a word. – Le Sunstrike 29 mins ago
    – Elian
    Oct 31, 2015 at 21:43
  • @Elian I meant no offense Elian. I'm just pointing out how we both were thinking of the same word at around the same time. :) Oct 31, 2015 at 21:54
  • @LeSunstrike I mean no offense either. Thing is, you're claiming in your comment to my answer that my post was 26 seconds "after" your comment. Fact is, my answer was posted before. :-)
    – Elian
    Oct 31, 2015 at 22:13

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