Definitions for: Jealousy


[n] zealous vigilance; "cherish their official political freedom with fierce jealousy"-Paul Blanshard
[n] a feeling of jealous envy (especially of a rival)



Webster (1913) Definition: Jeal"ous*y, n.; pl. Jealousies. [ F. jalousie. See
Jealous, and cf. Jalousie.]
The quality of being jealous; earnest concern or solicitude;
painful apprehension of rivalship in cases nearly affecting
one's happiness; painful suspicion of the faithfulness of
husband, wife, or lover.

I was jealous for jealousy. --Zech. viii.
2.

Jealousy is the . . . apprehension of superiority.
--Shenstone.

Whoever had qualities to alarm our jealousy, had
excellence to deserve our fondness. --Rambler.

Synonyms: green-eyed monster

See Also: alertness, enviousness, envy, the green-eyed monster, vigilance, watchfulness




Famous Quotes Containing Jealousy:


Jealousy is the fear of comparison.

-- Max Frisch (Swiss Novelist)

Lovers may be and indeed generally are enemies, but they never can be friends, because there must always be a spice of jealousy and a something of Self in all their speculations.

-- George Byron (Scottish Poet)

Obviously, in dealing with a relationship, sexuality has to be involved, and jealousy and emotions like that. And I don't know, I've always been intrigued by those emotions.

-- Adrian Lyne (English Director)

What we used to say was whoever had the bow tie got to lead the band. There was never any jealousy.

-- Pete Fountain (American Musician)

A competent and self-confident person is incapable of jealousy in anything. Jealousy is invariably a symptom of neurotic insecurity.

-- Robert A. Heinlein (American Writer)

Jealousy... is a mental cancer.

-- B. C. Forbes (Scottish Journalist)

Religion can make it worse. Are you supposing that if people were encouraged to believe in a transcendent reality, and to be encouraged by grand rituals and music and preaching, to love their neighbors, then they would put jealousy and frustration aside?

-- Mary Douglas (British Scientist)

Jealousy, that dragon which slays love under the pretence of keeping it alive.

-- Henry Ellis (British Psychologist)

Don't waste time on jealousy. Sometimes you're ahead, sometimes you're behind.

-- Mary Schmich (American Journalist)

Moral indignation is jealousy with a halo.

-- H. G. Wells (English Author)

You will not accept credit that is due to another, or harbor jealousy of an explorer who is more fortunate.

-- Abbott L. Lowell ( -)

My birth neither shook the German Empire nor caused much of an upheaval in the home. It pleased mother, caused father a certain amount of pride and my elder brother the usual fraternal jealousy of a hitherto only son.

-- Conrad Veidt (German Actor)

Jealousy is both reasonable and belongs to reasonable men, while envy is base and belongs to the base, for the one makes himself get good things by jealousy, while the other does not allow his neighbour to have them through envy.

-- Aristotle (Greek Philosopher)

I do not say anything from jealousy.

-- Anna Held (Polish Entertainer)

From heresy, frenzy and jealousy, good Lord deliver me.

-- Ludovico Ariosto ( Poet)

That's one of the reasons I moved to Florida. Of course, the main reason is the weather and the training. But there's more jealousy in Switzerland because it's so little and they don't have so many athletes.

-- Martina Hingis (Czechoslovakian Athlete)

Never underestimate the power of jealousy and the power of envy to destroy. Never underestimate that.

-- Oliver Stone (American Director)

There is something mean in human nature that prefers to think evil, that gives a willing ear and a ready welcome to calumny, a sort of jealousy of goodness and greatness and things of good report.

-- Richard Le Gallienne (English Poet)

Nothing is more capable of troubling our reason, and consuming our health, than secret notions of jealousy in solitude.

-- Aphra Behn (English Dramatist)

It is remarkable that jealousy of individual property in land often goes along with very exaggerated doctrines of tribal or national property in land.

-- William Graham Sumner (American Businessman)

On the same line of reasoning, if Australians were to be Australians, or rather if Australians were as separate from any other nation as Australia from any other land, there would be no jealousy between them on England's account.

-- Henry Lawson (Australian Writer)

What I needed most was to love and to be loved, eager to be caught. Happily I wrapped those painful bonds around me; and sure enough, I would be lashed with the red-hot pokers or jealousy, by suspicions and fear, by burst of anger and quarrels.

-- Saint Augustine ( Saint)

People are taken aback by a confident, pretty girl who knows what she wants in life and isn't going to let anyone get in her way. And you know what it's all about? Jealousy.

-- Summer Altice (American Model)

Jealousy is the tribute mediocrity pays to genius.

-- Fulton J. Sheen (American Clergyman)

The surest route to breeding jealousy is to compare. Since jealousy comes from feeling less than another, comparisons only fan the fires.

-- Dorothy Corkville Briggs ( -)

There is a sort of jealousy which needs very little fire; it is hardly a passion, but a blight bred in the cloudy, damp despondency of uneasy egoism.

-- George Eliot (British Author)

Jealousy would be far less torturous if we understood that love is a passion entirely unrelated to our merits.

-- Paul Eldridge (American Educator)

Anger and jealousy can no more bear to lose sight of their objects than love.

-- George Eliot (British Author)

Magnanimous people have no vanity, they have no jealousy, and they feed on the true and the solid wherever they find it. And, what is more, they find it everywhere.

-- Van Wyck Brooks (American Critic)

Like hatred, jealousy is forbidden by the laws of life because it is essentially destructive.

-- Alexis Carrel (French Scientist)

Jealousy - that jumble of secret worship and ostensible aversion.

-- Emile M. Cioran (Romanian Philosopher)

That is ever the way. 'Tis all jealousy to the bride and good wishes to the corpse.

-- James M. Barrie (British Playwright)

There is never jealousy where there is not strong regard.

-- Washington Irving (American Writer)

Jealousy is the tie that binds, and binds, and binds.

-- Helen Rowland (American Writer)

It's amazing the clarity that comes with psychotic jealousy.

-- Rupert Everett (English Actor)


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