Definition of jealousy in English:



mass noun
  • The state or feeling of being jealous.

    ‘a sharp pang of jealousy’
    count noun ‘resentments and jealousies festered’
    • ‘The father symbolizes attractive power and a potentially hazardous male-female relationship is formed, with predictable jealousies and envy as the mother completes the triangle.’
    • ‘I try to tell her it's alright, that whatever shred of jealousy I had had disappeared long back.’
    • ‘Distrust naturally creates distrust, and by nothing is good-will and kind conduct more speedily changed than by invidious jealousies and uncandid imputations, whether expressed or implied.’
    • ‘I wonder if their fear is really jealousy and resentment at the initiative of today's generation.’
    • ‘Every unshared moment of delight becomes the occasion for fear, envy, and jealousy.’
    • ‘But anyone who has experienced intense jealousy is well aware of its power and potential destructiveness.’
    • ‘It deals with envy and jealousy and how these emotions cause so much unnecessary suffering in our lives.’
    • ‘There is intense sibling jealousy and she feels she is not loved as much as the youngest child.’
    • ‘I know people link our sort of vandalism to boredom and jealousy but what we're really trying to do is get a reaction.’
    • ‘However, there's no point wasting precious time and effort on petty jealousy.’
    • ‘Her fiancé worked himself into a passion of jealousy, pulling his hair and shaking his fists.’
    • ‘Could it not be the case that my anger was also mingled with feelings of jealousy, rivalry or envy?’
    • ‘The evil eye in Bedouin folk belief is tied to the fear of envy and jealousy in the eye of the beholder.’
    • ‘There is enough scope for envy and healthy competition, but not hatred and jealousy.’
    • ‘As much as she tried to ignore the small-minded jealousy that surrounded her, it upset her a great deal.’
    • ‘Sometimes Sara looks at Sarah's school friends and feels a pang of jealousy, of anger.’
    • ‘When he begins a love affair with Steven, jealousy takes hold and leads to unexpected violence.’
    • ‘Jealousy comes about because of the insecurity of the jealous person and the jealousy may or may not have foundation.’
    • ‘She too believes that many of the attacks against Wark are motivated by professional jealousy.’
    • ‘Learn to accept jealousy as a normal but exaggerated response to a stressful, emotionally charged change in your life.’
    envy, enviousness, covetousness, desire
    suspicion, suspiciousness, distrust, mistrust, doubt, insecurity, anxiety
    protectiveness, defensiveness, vigilance, watchfulness, heedfulness, mindfulness, care, solicitousness, attentiveness
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Middle English: from Old French gelosie, from gelos (see jealous).