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:


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)

Passion can quickly slip to jealousy, or even hatred.

-- Arthur Golden (American Writer)

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 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)

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

-- Ludovico Ariosto ( Poet)

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

-- Abbott L. Lowell ( -)

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

-- Salvador Dali (Spanish Artist)

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

-- Gene Tierney (American Actress)

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)

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)

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)

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 ( -)

The knives of jealousy are honed on details.

-- Ruth Rendell (British Writer)

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)

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)

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 ( -)

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)

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 tie that binds, and binds, and binds.

-- Helen Rowland (American Writer)

It is not love that is blind, but jealousy.

-- Lawrence Durrell (British Writer)

Jealousy - that jumble of secret worship and ostensible aversion.

-- Emile M. Cioran (Romanian Philosopher)

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)

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)

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)

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

-- Sidonie Gabrielle Colette (French Novelist)

It will be found an unjust and unwise jealousy to deprive a man of his natural liberty upon the supposition he may abuse it.

-- George Washington (American President)

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

-- Rupert Everett (English Actor)

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

-- George Eliot (British Author)

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

-- Solomon Ibn Gabirol (Spanish Poet)

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

-- Mary Schmich (American Journalist)

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)

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

-- Jean Baudrillard (French Sociologist)

Jealousy is a dog's bark which attracts thieves.

-- Karl Kraus (Austrian Writer)


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