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’
    • ‘But anyone who has experienced intense jealousy is well aware of its power and potential destructiveness.’
    • ‘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.’
    • ‘The evil eye in Bedouin folk belief is tied to the fear of envy and jealousy in the eye of the beholder.’
    • ‘Could it not be the case that my anger was also mingled with feelings of jealousy, rivalry or envy?’
    • ‘I try to tell her it's alright, that whatever shred of jealousy I had had disappeared long back.’
    • ‘It deals with envy and jealousy and how these emotions cause so much unnecessary suffering in our lives.’
    • ‘However, there's no point wasting precious time and effort on petty jealousy.’
    • ‘I wonder if their fear is really jealousy and resentment at the initiative of today's generation.’
    • ‘Her fiancé worked himself into a passion of jealousy, pulling his hair and shaking his fists.’
    • ‘When he begins a love affair with Steven, jealousy takes hold and leads to unexpected violence.’
    • ‘As much as she tried to ignore the small-minded jealousy that surrounded her, it upset her a great deal.’
    • ‘Every unshared moment of delight becomes the occasion for fear, envy, and jealousy.’
    • ‘I know people link our sort of vandalism to boredom and jealousy but what we're really trying to do is get a reaction.’
    • ‘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.’
    • ‘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.’
    • ‘Jealousy comes about because of the insecurity of the jealous person and the jealousy may or may not have foundation.’
    • ‘There is enough scope for envy and healthy competition, but not hatred and jealousy.’
    • ‘Sometimes Sara looks at Sarah's school friends and feels a pang of jealousy, of anger.’
    • ‘There is intense sibling jealousy and she feels she is not loved as much as the youngest child.’
    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).