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:


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 ( -)

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 ( -)

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)

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)

Passion can quickly slip to jealousy, or even hatred.

-- Arthur Golden (American Writer)

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

-- Paul Eldridge (American Educator)

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

-- Henry Ellis (British Psychologist)

Jealousy is the tribute mediocrity pays to genius.

-- Fulton J. Sheen (American Clergyman)

The knives of jealousy are honed on details.

-- Ruth Rendell (British Writer)

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

-- Aphra Behn (English Dramatist)

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)

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)

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)

Jealousy is a dog's bark which attracts thieves.

-- Karl Kraus (Austrian Writer)

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

-- Helen Rowland (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)

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)

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

-- Oliver Stone (American Director)

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)

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

-- Abbott L. Lowell ( -)

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)

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

-- Solomon Ibn Gabirol (Spanish Poet)

Jealousy is the jaundice of the soul.

-- John Dryden (English Poet)

It is not love that is blind, but jealousy.

-- Lawrence Durrell (British Writer)

Jealousy is love bed of burning snarl.

-- George Meredith (English Novelist)

There is never jealousy where there is not strong regard.

-- Washington Irving (American Writer)

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

-- Alexis Carrel (French Scientist)

Jealousy is all the fun you think they had.

-- Erica Jong (American Novelist)

Jealousy... is a mental cancer.

-- B. C. Forbes (Scottish Journalist)

Jealousy is the fear of comparison.

-- Max Frisch (Swiss Novelist)

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)

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)

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)

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)

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

-- J. M. Barrie (Scottish Novelist)


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