Definitions for jealousyˈdʒɛl ə si

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Princeton's WordNet

  1. jealousy, green-eyed monster(noun)

    a feeling of jealous envy (especially of a rival)

  2. jealousy(noun)

    zealous vigilance

    "cherish their official political freedom with fierce jealousy"-Paul Blanshard

Wiktionary

  1. jealousy(Noun)

    A state of suspicious guarding towards a spouse, lover etc., from fears of infidelity.

  2. jealousy(Noun)

    A resentment towards someone for a perceived advantage or superiority they hold.

  3. jealousy(Noun)

    Envy towards another's possessions

  4. jealousy(Noun)

    A close concern for someone or something, solicitude, vigilance.

  5. Origin: jalousie, see jealous, -y.

Webster Dictionary

  1. Jealousy(noun)

    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

  2. Origin: [ F. jalousie. See Jealous, and cf. Jalousie.]

Freebase

  1. Jealousy

    Jealousy is an emotion and typically refers to the negative thoughts and frustrated feelings of insecurity, fear, and anxiety over an anticipated loss of something that the person values, particularly in reference to a human connection. Jealousy often consists of a combination of presenting emotions such as anger, resentment, inadequacy, helplessness and disgust. In the original broad meaning used in this article, jealousy is distinct from envy, though the two terms have popularly become synonymous in the English language, with both now taking on the narrower definition originally used for envy alone. Jealousy is a familiar experience in human relationships. It has been observed in infants five months and older. Some claim that jealousy is seen in every culture; however, others claim jealousy is a culture-specific phenomenon. Jealousy is often reinforced as a series of particularly strong emotions and constructed as a universal human experience; it has been a theme of many artistic works. Psychologists have proposed several models of the processes underlying jealousy and have identified factors that result in jealousy. Sociologists have demonstrated that cultural beliefs and values play an important role in determining what triggers jealousy and what constitutes socially acceptable expressions of jealousy. Biologists have identified factors that may unconsciously influence the expression of jealousy. Artists have explored the theme of jealousy in photographs, paintings, movies, songs, plays, poems, and books. Theologians have offered religious views of jealousy based on the scriptures of their respective faiths.

U.S. National Library of Medicine

  1. Jealousy

    An irrational reaction compounded of grief, loss of self-esteem, enmity against the rival and self criticism.


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