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 tie that binds, and binds, and binds.

-- Helen Rowland (American Writer)

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

-- George Eliot (British Author)

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

-- Sidonie Gabrielle Colette (French 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)

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 is a dog's bark which attracts thieves.

-- Karl Kraus (Austrian 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)

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)

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

-- J. M. Barrie (Scottish Novelist)

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 ( -)

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

-- Mary Schmich (American Journalist)

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 ( -)

Moral indignation is jealousy with a halo.

-- H. G. Wells (English Author)

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

-- Richard Perle (American Public Servant)

Jealousy is all the fun you think they had.

-- Erica Jong (American Novelist)

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)

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

-- Aphra Behn (English Dramatist)

Jealousy is the jaundice of the soul.

-- John Dryden (English Poet)

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 ( -)

To jealousy, nothing is more frightful than laughter.

-- Francoise Sagan (French Playwright)

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

-- Jean Baudrillard (French Sociologist)

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 is the tribute mediocrity pays to genius.

-- Fulton J. Sheen (American Clergyman)

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)

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)

Passion can quickly slip to jealousy, or even hatred.

-- Arthur Golden (American Writer)

Jealousy is love bed of burning snarl.

-- George Meredith (English Novelist)

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

-- James M. Barrie (British Playwright)

More men die of jealousy than of cancer.

-- Joseph P. Kennedy (American Diplomat)

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

-- Alexis Carrel (French Scientist)

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

-- Rupert Everett (English Actor)

Jealousy... is a mental cancer.

-- B. C. Forbes (Scottish Journalist)

Jealousy - that jumble of secret worship and ostensible aversion.

-- Emile M. Cioran (Romanian Philosopher)

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

-- Gene Tierney (American Actress)


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