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ˈdʒɛl əsjeal·ous

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Princeton's WordNet

  1. covetous, envious, jealousadjective

    showing extreme cupidity; painfully desirous of another's advantages

    "he was never covetous before he met her"; "jealous of his success and covetous of his possessions"; "envious of their art collection"

  2. jealous, green-eyed, overjealousadjective

    suspicious or unduly suspicious or fearful of being displaced by a rival

    "a jealous lover"


  1. jealousadjective

    Suspecting rivalry in love; troubled by worries that one might have been replaced in someone's affections; suspicious of a lover or spouse's fidelity.

  2. jealousadjective

    Protective, zealously guarding, careful in the protection of something one has or appreciates.

  3. jealousadjective

    Envious; feeling resentful of someone for a perceived advantage, material or otherwise.

  4. Etymology: First coined 1382, jalous, from zelosus, from ζῆλος, from ζηλόω. Cognate to zeal.


  1. Jealous

    Jealous is a song recorded by American singer Beyoncé for her self-titled fifth studio album (2013). The song was written by Beyoncé, Detail, Andre Eric Proctor, Brian Soko and its additional producers Rasool Diaz and Boots. Musically inspired by Hanni El Khatib's "Roach Cock", the song is a power ballad with a slow tempo exploring different styles and music genres. Lyrically, "Jealous" is a self-referential song discussing feelings of jealousy, suspicion, and revenge directed at a present love interest. A music video for the song was directed by Beyoncé along with Francesco Carrozzini and Todd Tours and filmed in New York City in November 2013. It was released through the iTunes Store on December 13, 2013 on the album itself. The visual was shot as a sequel to the previous song on the album, "Partition" and it shows Beyoncé in different sets — alone at home waiting for her partner to come to dinner, at a party, and out in the streets in search for him. Beyoncé performed "Jealous" live at the 2014 MTV Video Music Awards during a medley consisting of songs from her self-titled album.


  1. jealous

    Jealous generally refers to a feeling or showing of envy of someone or their achievements and advantages. It can also mean fiercely protective or vigilant of one's rights or possessions. For example, if someone is resentful because someone has something they do not, they are often described as being jealous. Additionally, it can describe a relationship that is characterized by a lack of trust or fear of betrayal.

Webster Dictionary

  1. Jealousadjective

    zealous; solicitous; vigilant; anxiously watchful

  2. Jealousadjective

    apprehensive; anxious; suspiciously watchful

  3. Jealousadjective

    exacting exclusive devotion; intolerant of rivalry

  4. Jealousadjective

    disposed to suspect rivalry in matters of interest and affection; apprehensive regarding the motives of possible rivals, or the fidelity of friends; distrustful; having morbid fear of rivalry in love or preference given to another; painfully suspicious of the faithfulness of husband, wife, or lover


  1. Jealous

    "Jealous" is the first single by Dir En Grey and was released on May 10, 1998. The music videos of the title track and the B-side "Unknown・・・Despair・・・a Lost" are featured on the VHS Mousou Toukakugeki. A piano-vocal duet version of "Jealous" was later included on the "[KR] Cube" single. "Jealous" is to date, not featured on a studio album. A re-recording of "Unknown・・・Despair・・・a Lost" appears on their 2013 mini-album The Unraveling.

Chambers 20th Century Dictionary

  1. Jealous

    jel′us, adj. suspicious of or incensed at rivalry: anxious to defend the honour of.—adv. Jeal′ously.—ns. Jeal′ousy, Jeal′oushood (Shak.), Jeal′ousness. [O. Fr. jalous (mod. Fr. jaloux)—L. zelus—Gr. zēlos, emulation.]

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  1. Chaldean Numerology

    The numerical value of jealous in Chaldean Numerology is: 8

  2. Pythagorean Numerology

    The numerical value of jealous in Pythagorean Numerology is: 2

Examples of jealous in a Sentence

  1. Patrick Henry:

    Guard with jealous attention the public liberty. Suspect everyone who approaches that jewel. Unfortunately, nothing will preserve it but downright force. Whenever you give up that force, you are inevitably ruined.

  2. Mother Teresa:

    If you find serenity and happiness, some people may be jealous. Be happy anyway.

  3. Patrick Henry:

    Guard with jealous attention the public liberty. Suspect everyone who approaches that jewel. Unfortunately, nothing will preserve it but downright force. Whenever you give up that force, you are ruined.

  4. Ukraine Health Minister Zoriana Skaletska:

    I called her in the evening, I said, 'Yaryna, I'm sorry, the state needed help, don't be jealous,' she replied, 'I am jealous and, actually, the state will owe me.'.

  5. Afghanistan Sara Bahai:

    I receive threats from unknown callers who tell me to not drive in the city because I am a woman, because it is against Islam. Some tell me that if I continue to work as a taxi driver they will kill me, male passengers are very jealous and often abuse me, but I don't care what they think of me, I am not afraid. I will change the country with whatever ability I have to do so.

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    the state of being polluted
    • A. hypostatization
    • B. preponderance
    • C. nidus
    • D. defilement

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