Definitions for: Jealous


[adj] showing extreme cupidity; painfully desirous of another's advantages; "he was never covetous before he met her"; "jealous of his success and covetous of his possessions"; "envious of their art collection"; "he was green with envy"
[adj] suspicious or unduly suspicious or fearful of being displaced by a rival; "a jealous lover"



Webster (1913) Definition: Jeal"ous, a. [OE. jalous, gelus, OF. jalous, F.
jaloux, LL. zelosus zealous, fr. zelus emulation, zeal,
jealousy, Gr. zh^los. See Zeal, and cf. Zealous.]
1. Zealous; solicitous; vigilant; anxiously watchful.

I have been very jealous for the Lord God of hosts.
--Kings xix.
10.

How nicely jealous is every one of us of his own
repute! --Dr. H. More.

2. Apprehensive; anxious; suspiciously watchful.

'This doing wrong creates such doubts as these,
Renders us jealous and disturbs our peace. --Waller.

The people are so jealous of the clergy's ambition.
--Swift.

3. Exacting exclusive devotion; intolerant of rivalry.

Thou shalt worship no other God; for the Lord, whose
name is Jealous, is a jealous God. --Ex. xxxiv.
14.

4. Disposed to suspect rivalry in matters of interest and
affection; apprehensive regarding the motives of possible
rivals, or the fidelity of friends; distrustful; having
morbid fear of rivalry in love or preference given to
another; painfully suspicious of the faithfulness of
husband, wife, or lover.

If the spirit of jealousy come upon him, and he be
jealous of his wife. --Num. v. 14.

To both these sisters have I sworn my love: Each
jealous of the other, as the stung Are of the adder.
--Shak.

It is one of the best bonds, both of chastity and
obedience, in the wife, if she think her husband
wise; which she will never do if she find him
jealous. --Bacon.

Syn: Suspicious; anxious; envious.

Usage: Jealous, Suspicious. Suspicious is the wider term.
We suspect a person when we distrust his honesty and
imagine he has some bad design. We are jealous when we
suspect him of aiming to deprive us of what we dearly
prize. Iago began by awakening the suspicions of
Othello, and converted them at last into jealousy.
``Suspicion may be excited by some kind of accusation,
not supported by evidence sufficient for conviction,
but sufficient to trouble the repose of confidence.''
``Jealousy is a painful apprehension of rivalship in
cases that are peculiarly interesting to us.''
--Cogan.

Synonyms: covetous, desirous, distrustful, envious, green, green-eyed, overjealous

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Famous Quotes Containing Jealous:


But I like not these great success of yours; for I know how jealous are the gods.

-- Herodotus (Greek Historian)

It is matrimonial suicide to be jealous when you have a really good reason.

-- Clare Boothe Luce (American Dramatist)

That's the way I got along in life. I don't ever remember being particularly jealous of anybody, because I figured if I can't do it myself, I don't deserve to get it.

-- Clyde Tombaugh (American Scientist)

You can be the moon and still be jealous of the stars.

-- Gary Allan (American Musician)

I have no problem with the people who work hard to get success. But I think people are very jealous about success. I work very hard and they don't appreciate that.

-- Alain Prost (French Celebrity)

Potter is jealous of potter, and craftsman of craftsman; and the poor have a grudge against the poor, and the poet against the poet.

-- Hesiod (Greek Poet)

Men must stop being jealous of their power and generously allow freedom and responsibility to others. The reward is harmonious families and society.

-- Delphine de Girardin (French Novelist)

We got to go to Lucas Ranch and, at that time, my brother was still living in a condo about a mile from Robin Williams, and so I made all of the other comics jealous because I got to get a ride home with him.

-- Carlos Alazraqui (American Actor)

Mum used to hide love letters from my boyfriends and put me down. Now I understand that she was a Polish immigrant forced to settle in Chicago. She was jealous of the freedom life gave me.

-- Ruby Wax (American Comedian)

I missed out on everything. Sometimes on the street I see teenagers hanging out and going to the movies, going to concerts, and I get so jealous.

-- Adriana Lima (Brazilian Model)

Everything they say about Elvis today is true. He was just one great guy. He wasn't jealous of anyone. I would say Elvis was really someone special when you add it all up.

-- Bobby Vinton (American Musician)

Women didn't want to watch other women on television because they were jealous of their husbands' diverted attention.

-- Jessica Savitch (American Journalist)

I used to be kind of bitter and jealous as well, but I get it. It's business.

-- Carlos Alazraqui (American Actor)

I told them how excited I would be to go into space and how thrilled I was when Alan Shepard made his historic flight, and when John Kennedy announced on the news that the men had landed safely on the moon, and how jealous I was of those men.

-- Christa McAuliffe (American Astronaut)

You have to be great friends and make each other laugh. We laugh a lot and neither is jealous of the other.

-- Ruby Wax (American Comedian)

The show is a satire, which gives us freedom to do anything we want. Satire is the magic word that wipes away any culpability. The media is jealous of this freedom.

-- Rob Corddry (American Comedian)

Being with an insanely jealous person is like being in the room with a dead mammoth.

-- Mike Nichols (German Director)

Very much alone in my work, I am almost jealous of it.

-- Yves Tanguy (French Artist)

I have a lifetime appointment and I intend to serve it. I expect to die at 110, shot by a jealous husband.

-- Thurgood Marshall (American Judge)

That's a rule in the business. No tongue. You can't really get into it, otherwise, it's weird. I think that particular scene made his (Adam Brody) girlfriend jealous. There were issues.

-- Rachel Bilson (American Actress)

Younger guys are just too jealous.

-- Adriana Lima (Brazilian Model)

Guard with jealous attention the public liberty. Suspect everyone who approaches that jewel. Unfortunately, nothing will preserve it but downright force. Whenever you give up that force, you are inevitably ruined.

-- Patrick Henry (American Revolutionary)

When I came into boxing, I brought it to the next level with adverts and doing pantomime and people just got jealous of me doing that.

-- Frank Bruno (British Athlete)

People were hurt, and because they were hurt, they were angry and quarreled and were jealous of one another.

-- Emanuel Celler (American Politician)

Those who believe in nothing are very, very jealous and angry at those who believe in something.

-- Dennis Prager (American Journalist)

I remember when I first started in the business, I lost a lot of friends. Some were jealous, some were annoyed at the fact that I was an actress.

-- Amber Tamblyn (American Actress)

I would rather drudge out my life on a cotton plantation, till the grave opened to give me rest, than to live with an unprincipled master and a jealous mistress.

-- Harriet Ann Jacobs (American Writer)

I was always jealous of something getting more attention.

-- Robyn Hitchcock (English Musician)

I think that American people really know how to pursue fun, they really know how to have a good time. Japanese are somewhat more reserved than Americans, so I'm jealous.

-- Nobuo Uematsu (Japanese Composer)

Old habits are strong and jealous.

-- Dorothea Brande (American Writer)

I wrote a novel about Israelis who live their own lives on the slope of a volcano. Near a volcano one still falls in love, one still gets jealous, one still wants a promotion, one still gossips.

-- Amos Oz (Israeli Writer)

The heart of the jealous knows the best and most satisfying love, that of the other's bed, where the rival perfects the lover's imperfections.

-- Djuna Barnes (American Novelist)

A jealous lover of human liberty, deeming it the absolute condition of all that we admire and respect in humanity, I reverse the phrase of Voltaire, and say that, if God really existed, it would be necessary to abolish him.

-- Mikhail Bakunin (Russian Revolutionary)

What's more ludicrous is the whole idea of me being jealous and competitive.

-- Ryan Phillippe (American Actor)

I get a little jealous of these actor boys. They walk into a club, and in two seconds flat there are swarms of girls who are wanting so badly to touch them or just say hello. That's not the case with me, or any other girl I know.

-- Claire Danes (American Actress)


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