Your understanding of the word envy sounds about right to me. Envy wants to destroy what it can’t have. Otherwise, it’s a feeling more akin to admiration.
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SIGMUND FREUD, New Introductory Lectures on Psychoanalysis
The Interpretation of Dreams was first published in an edition of only 600 copies, and these took eight years to sell. The work subsequently gained popularity, and seven more editions were printed in Freud's lifetime, the last in 1929.  The Swiss psychiatrist Eugen Bleuler wrote to Freud in October 1905 that he was convinced of the correctness of The Interpretation of Dreams as soon as he read it. 
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