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:


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)

I can't really change my life to accommodate people who are jealous. I don't see why I should.

-- Sting (British Musician)

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)

Wisdom I know is social. She seeks her fellows. But Beauty is jealous, and illy bears the presence of a rival.

-- Thomas Jefferson (American President)

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

-- Herodotus (Greek Historian)

Jealous, adj. Unduly concerned about the preservation of that which can be lost only if not worth keeping.

-- Ambrose Bierce (American Journalist)

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)

Make my breast transparent as pure crystal, that the world, jealous of me, may see the foulest thought my heart does hold.

-- George Villiers (English Politician)

Let this circumstance of our constitution therefore be directed to this noble purpose, and then all the objections urged against it by jealous tyranny and affrighted superstition will vanish.

-- Adam Weishaupt (German Clergyman)

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)

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)

Well, I think everybody's a little jealous of the Vietnam Wall, even people from wars that already have good monuments. You have a monument like the Wall and nobody ever forgets your war, you can bet on that.

-- Bruce Jackson ( Public Servant)

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)

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)

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)

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

-- Ryan Phillippe (American Actor)

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

-- Mike Nichols (German Director)

Well actually, some weeks they'll write that I'm jealous of living in her shadow. Then other weeks, they'll write that all I want to do is loaf around on her money! It's ridiculous!

-- Ryan Phillippe (American Actor)

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)

There will always be a few people who just want to knock you down or are jealous or just want to be horrible for the sake of it. I don't know what drives someone to be nasty.

-- Geri Halliwell (British Musician)

I don't want to come off like the jealous brother who wasn't getting the attention, but it was like no one was really into me anyway. I wasn't really a priority.

-- Jack Osbourne (English Celebrity)

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

-- Gary Allan (American Musician)

Man is jealous because of his amour propre; woman is jealous because of her lack of it.

-- Germaine Greer (Australian Activist)

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)

I've always been the breadwinner and men don't like that. They turn on you. They bite the hand that feeds them. Eventually, too, they become very jealous of the love one has with an audience.

-- Shirley Bassey ( Musician)

Dead fish don't swim around in jealous tides.

-- Scott Weiland (American Musician)

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)

In my fantasy I was always the savior. I would come to Peanuts land and save everybody. Charlie Brown would fall madly in love with me. Peppermint Patty was so jealous.

-- Alicia Witt (American Actress)

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)

If one of two lovers is loyal, and the other jealous and false, how may their friendship last, for Love is slain!

-- Marie de France (French Poet)

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)

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)

The lovesick, the betrayed, and the jealous all smell alike.

-- Sidonie Gabrielle Colette (French 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)


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