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.

Jealousy is the . . . apprehension of superiority.

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 a mental cancer.

-- B. C. Forbes (Scottish Journalist)

The knives of jealousy are honed on details.

-- Ruth Rendell (British Writer)

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)

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

-- Alexis Carrel (French Scientist)

To jealousy, nothing is more frightful than laughter.

-- Francoise Sagan (French Playwright)

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)

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)

A negative judgment gives you more satisfaction than praise, provided it smacks of jealousy.

-- Jean Baudrillard (French Sociologist)

Life is one big road with lots of signs. So when you riding through the ruts, don't complicate your mind. Flee from hate, mischief and jealousy. Don't bury your thoughts, put your vision to reality. Wake Up and Live!

-- Bob Marley ( Musician)

Back then I didn't think a woman like that, or a relationship like that, could exist with complete freedom and no jealousy or possessiveness. I thought it sounded too good to be true and I was certainly convinced it wasn't the life for me!

-- Sylvia Kristel (Dutch Actress)

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)

Jealousy is love bed of burning snarl.

-- George Meredith (English Novelist)

Jealousy is the tribute mediocrity pays to genius.

-- Fulton J. Sheen (American Clergyman)

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)

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 tie that binds, and binds, and binds.

-- Helen Rowland (American Writer)

Jealousy is, I think, the worst of all faults because it makes a victim of both parties.

-- Gene Tierney (American Actress)

Jealousy is not at all low, but it catches us humbled and bowed down, at first sight.

-- Sidonie Gabrielle Colette (French Novelist)

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

-- Abbott L. Lowell ( -)

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)

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

-- Henry Ellis (British Psychologist)

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

-- William Shenstone (English Poet)

Jealousy is never satisfied with anything short of an omniscience that would detect the subtlest fold of the heart.

-- George Eliot (British Author)

The jealousy and resentment that animate the terrorists also affect many of our former cold war allies.

-- Richard Perle (American Public Servant)

Love is that condition in which the happiness of another person is essential to your own... Jealousy is a disease, love is a healthy condition. The immature mind often mistakes one for the other, or assumes that the greater the love, the greater the jealousy.

-- Robert A. Heinlein (American Writer)

There is never jealousy where there is not strong regard.

-- Washington Irving (American 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)

But when I would see the surrogate, my first instinct, my first reaction would be jealousy, because she was doing what I wanted to do.

-- Cheryl Tiegs (American Model)

More men die of jealousy than of cancer.

-- Joseph P. Kennedy (American Diplomat)

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)

Jealousy - that jumble of secret worship and ostensible aversion.

-- Emile M. Cioran (Romanian Philosopher)

Jealousy is all the fun you think they had.

-- Erica Jong (American Novelist)

I do not say anything from jealousy.

-- Anna Held (Polish Entertainer)

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