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:


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)

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)

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)

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

-- Germaine Greer (Australian Activist)

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

-- Mike Nichols (German Director)

He that is jealous is not in love.

-- Saint Augustine ( Saint)

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)

People were referring to me as the new Anita Bryant. Anita would get a little jealous.

-- Kathie Lee Gifford (American Entertainer)

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

-- Carlos Alazraqui (American Actor)

The storyboard department doesn't talk to the layout department, which doesn't talk to the writing department. They're all jealous of each other.

-- John Kricfalusi (Canadian Artist)

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)

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

-- Clare Boothe Luce (American Dramatist)

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)

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)

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)

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)

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

-- Sidonie Gabrielle Colette (French Novelist)

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

-- Sting (British Musician)

Man is by nature competitive, combative, ambitious, jealous, envious, and vengeful.

-- Arthur Keith (Scottish Scientist)

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

-- Ambrose Bierce (American Journalist)

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

-- Emanuel Celler (American Politician)

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

-- Herodotus (Greek Historian)

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)

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

-- Dennis Prager (American Journalist)

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)

The jealous are possessed by a mad devil and a dull spirit at the same time.

-- Johann Kaspar Lavater (German Theologian)

Younger guys are just too jealous.

-- Adriana Lima (Brazilian Model)

The jealous are troublesome to others, but a torment to themselves.

-- William Penn (English Leader)

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

-- Ryan Phillippe (American Actor)

I've been so fortunate in my life that my family has never been jealous of my success. They have shown true love and commitment to me by being supportive. They shared in it.

-- Mike Krzyzewski (American Coach)

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)

Guard your roving thoughts with a jealous care, for speech is but the dialer of thoughts, and every fool can plainly read in your words what is the hour of your thoughts.

-- Alfred Lord Tennyson (English Poet)

I remember being awed by it - the uniqueness and nicety of style - and I suspect I was a bit jealous because we were more or less of the same generation.

-- George Plimpton (American Journalist)

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)


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