What it is

Envy is the desire for others’ traits, status, abilities, or situation.

Why you do it

Because other people are so much luckier, smarter, more attractive, and better than you.

Your punishment in Hell will be

You’ll be put in freezing water.


In the Summa Theologiae, medieval theologian Thomas Aquinas said of Envy: “Envy according to the aspect of its object is contrary to charity, whence the soul derives its spiritual life… Charity rejoices in our neighbor’s good, while envy grieves over it.” (2, 36, ad 3)

The Travelers’ Guide to Hell says that Envy is ruled by the celestial sign of the Moon, and is “the key behind every advertisement.” Incidentally, this book actually mentions the Seven Deadly Sins Homepage. All your friends are buying it. Imagine the embarrassment if you’re the only one to miss out!