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