[jel-uh s] /ˈdʒɛl əs/
feeling resentment against someone because of that person’s rivalry, success, or advantages (often followed by of):
He was jealous of his rich brother.
feeling resentment because of another’s success, advantage, etc. (often followed by of):
He was jealous of his brother’s wealth.
characterized by or proceeding from suspicious fears or envious resentment:
a jealous rage; jealous intrigues.
inclined to or troubled by suspicions or fears of rivalry, unfaithfulness, etc., as in love or aims:
a jealous husband.
solicitous or vigilant in maintaining or guarding something:
The American people are jealous of their freedom.
Bible. intolerant of unfaithfulness or rivalry:
The Lord is a jealous God.
suspicious or fearful of being displaced by a rival: a jealous lover
often postpositive and foll by of. resentful (of) or vindictive (towards), esp through envy: a child jealous of his brother
often postpositive and foll by of. possessive and watchful in the maintenance or protection (of): jealous of one’s reputation
characterized by or resulting from jealousy
(obsolete or biblical) demanding exclusive loyalty: a jealous God
an obsolete word for zealous
late 14c., “in a zealous manner;” 1718, “in a suspicious and possessive manner,” from jealous + -ly (2).
c.1200, gelus, later jelus (early 14c.), “possessive and suspicious,” originally in the context of sexuality or romance; in general use late 14c.; also in a more positive sense, “fond, amorous, ardent,” from c.1300, from Old French jalos “keen, zealous; avaricious; jealous” (12c., Modern French jaloux), from Late Latin zelosus, from zelus “zeal,” from Greek zelos, sometimes “jealousy,” but more often in a good sense (“emulation, rivalry, zeal”). See zeal. In biblical language (early 13c.) “tolerating no unfaithfulness.”
Most of the words for ‘envy’ … had from the outset a hostile force, based on ‘look at’ (with malice), ‘not love,’ etc. Conversely, most of those which became distinctive terms for ‘jealousy’ were originally used also in a good sense, ‘zeal, emulation.’ [Buck, pp.1138-9]
Among the ways to express this in other tongues are Swedish svartsjuka, literally “black-sick,” from phrase bara svarta strumpor “wear black stockings,” also “be jealous.” Danish skinsyg “jealous,” literally “skin-sick,” is from skind “hide, skin” said to be explained by Swedish dialectal expression fa skinn “receive a refusal in courtship.”
[jel-uh s] /ˈdʒɛl əs/ adjective 1. feeling resentment against someone because of that person’s rivalry, success, or advantages (often followed by of): He was jealous of his rich brother. 2. feeling resentment because of another’s success, advantage, etc. (often followed by of): He was jealous of his brother’s wealth. 3. characterized by or proceeding from […]
[jel-uh-see] /ˈdʒɛl ə si/ noun, plural jealousies for 4. 1. resentment against a rival, a person enjoying success or advantage, etc., or against another’s success or advantage itself. 2. mental uneasiness from suspicion or fear of rivalry, unfaithfulness, etc., as in love or aims. 3. vigilance in maintaining or guarding something. 4. a feeling, disposition, […]
- Jealousy offering
the name of the offering the husband was to bring when he charged his wife with adultery (Num. 5:11-15).
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