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[jel-uh-see] /ˈdʒɛl ə si/
noun, plural jealousies for 4.
jealous resentment against a rival, a person enjoying success or advantage, etc., or against another's success or advantage itself.
mental uneasiness from suspicion or fear of rivalry, unfaithfulness, etc., as in love or aims.
vigilance in maintaining or guarding something.
a jealous feeling, disposition, state, or mood.
Origin of jealousy
1175-1225; Middle English gelusie, jelosie < Old French gelosie, equivalent to gelos jealous + -ie -y3
Can be confused
envy, jealousy (see synonym study at envy)
1. See envy. Unabridged
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Examples from the web for jealousy
  • We idolize our heroes, yet we feel jealousy toward them.
  • Without any evidence to support her jealousy, she issues an official ''denunciation'' of the alleged affair.
  • But an even stronger motivator, I find, is jealousy.
  • For all of them he was capable of the deepest love, even naked, childish jealousy.
  • It's nothing more than petty jealousy.
  • It engenders jealousy on the player's own club.
  • He experiences joy, jealousy, fantasy and love.
  • It is a little bit of class jealousy.
  • It may elicit jealousy and anger.
  • His swift rise has provoked some jealousy within the party.
British Dictionary definitions for jealousy


noun (pl) -ousies
the state or quality of being jealous
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Word Origin and History for jealousy

c.1200, of God; c.1300, of persons, from Old French jalousie "enthusiasm, love, longing, jealousy" (12c.), from jalos (see jealous). Meaning "zeal, fervor, devotion" is late 14c.

Online Etymology Dictionary, © 2010 Douglas Harper
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jealousy in the Bible

suspicion of a wife's purity, one of the strongest passions (Num. 5:14; Prov. 6:34; Cant. 8:6); also an intense interest for another's honour or prosperity (Ps. 79:5; 1 Cor. 10:22; Zech. 1:14).

Easton's 1897 Bible Dictionary
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