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:


My wife's jealousy is getting ridiculous. The other day she looked at my calendar and wanted to know who May was.

-- Rodney Dangerfield (American Comedian)

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

-- Rupert Everett (English Actor)

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)

Nature is at work. Character and destiny are her handiwork. She gives us love and hate, jealousy and reverence. All that is ours is the power to choose which impulse we shall follow.

-- David Seabury ( -)

Jealousy is the fear of comparison.

-- Max Frisch (Swiss Novelist)

Serious sport has nothing to do with fair play. It is bound up with hatred, jealousy, boastfulness, disregard of all rules and sadistic pleasure in witnessing violence. In other words, it is war minus the shooting.

-- George Orwell (British Author)

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)

Those who enjoy their own emotionally bad health and who habitually fill their own minds with the rank poisons of suspicion, jealousy and hatred, as a rule take umbrage at those who refuse to do likewise, and they find a perverted relief in trying to denigrate them.

-- Johannes Brahms (German Composer)

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

-- Paul Eldridge (American Educator)

Jealousy is a dog's bark which attracts thieves.

-- Karl Kraus (Austrian Writer)

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

-- Ludovico Ariosto ( Poet)

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

-- Henry Ellis (British Psychologist)

No jealousy their dawn of love overcast, nor blasted were their wedded days with strife; each season looked delightful as it past, to the fond husband and the faithful wife.

-- James Beattie ( -)

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)

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)

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.

-- Lord Byron (British Poet)

Jealousy is no more than feeling alone against smiling enemies.

-- Elizabeth Bowen (Irish Novelist)

Jealousy is cruel as the grave: the coals thereof are coals of fire.

-- Solomon Ibn Gabirol (Spanish Poet)

I do not say anything from jealousy.

-- Anna Held (Polish Entertainer)

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

-- James M. Barrie (British Playwright)

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)

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)

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)

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

-- George Eliot (British Author)

Jealousy is love bed of burning snarl.

-- George Meredith (English Novelist)

Passion can quickly slip to jealousy, or even hatred.

-- Arthur Golden (American 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)

Jealousy is the jaundice of the soul.

-- John Dryden (English Poet)

Jealousy is the fear or apprehension of superiority: envy our uneasiness under it.

-- William Shenstone (English Poet)

Jealousy... is a mental cancer.

-- B. C. Forbes (Scottish Journalist)

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)

The knives of jealousy are honed on details.

-- Ruth Rendell (British Writer)

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 is the tribute mediocrity pays to genius.

-- Fulton J. Sheen (American Clergyman)

The thermometer of success is merely the jealousy of the malcontents.

-- Salvador Dali (Spanish Artist)


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