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[jawn-dist, jahn-] /ˈdʒɔn dɪst, ˈdʒɑn-/
affected with or colored by or as if by jaundice:
jaundiced skin.
affected with or exhibiting prejudice, as from envy or resentment:
a jaundiced viewpoint.
Origin of jaundiced
First recorded in 1630-40; jaundice + -ed3
2. resentful, envious, jealous, embittered.


[jawn-dis, jahn-] /ˈdʒɔn dɪs, ˈdʒɑn-/
Also called icterus. Pathology. yellow discoloration of the skin, whites of the eyes, etc., due to an increase of bile pigments in the blood, often symptomatic of certain diseases, as hepatitis.
a state of feeling in which views are prejudiced or judgment is distorted, as by envy or resentment.
verb (used with object), jaundiced, jaundicing.
to distort or prejudice, as by envy or resentment:
His social position jaundiced his view of things.
1275-1325; Middle English jaundis < Old French jaunisse, equivalent to jaune yellow (< Latin galbinus greenish-yellow) + -isse -ice Unabridged
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  • The 004comical mind, like the jaundiced eye, views everything through a colored medium.

    The Comic English Grammar Percival Leigh
  • The dog was brought, and he examined it with a jaundiced and bitter eye.

    Irish Fairy Tales James Stephens
  • Not that he regarded the play of life about him with a jaundiced eye, but, rather, that his eyes became unseeing.

  • His view was apt to be jaundiced, but he did not realize that.

    Rimrock Trail J. Allan Dunn
  • It is so complete and conclusive that I anticipate nothing more from the "jaundiced" "M." I send you copy of Journal.

British Dictionary definitions for jaundiced


Also called icterus. yellowing of the skin and whites of the eyes due to the abnormal presence of bile pigments in the blood, as in hepatitis
a mental state of bitterness, jealousy, and ill humour resulting in distorted judgment
to distort (the judgment, etc) adversely: jealousy had jaundiced his mind
to affect with or as if with jaundice
Derived Forms
jaundiced, adjective
Word Origin
C14: from Old French jaunisse, from jaune yellow, from Latin galbinus yellowish, from galbus
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Word Origin and History for jaundiced



c.1300, jaunis, from Old French jaunice, earlier jalnice, "yellowness" (12c.), from jaune "yellow," from Latin galbinus "greenish yellow," probably from PIE *ghel- "yellow, green" (see Chloe).

With intrusive -d- (cf. gender, astound, thunder). Figurative meaning "feeling in which views are colored or distorted" first recorded 1620s, from yellow's association with bitterness and envy (see yellow). As a verb, from 1791, but usually in figurative use. Related: Jaundiced.

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jaundiced in Medicine

jaundice jaun·dice (jôn'dĭs, jän'-)
Yellowish discoloration of the whites of the eyes, skin, and mucous membranes caused by deposition of bile salts in these tissues, occurring as a symptom of various diseases, such as hepatitis, that affect the processing of bile. Also called icterus.

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jaundiced in Science
Yellowish discoloration of the whites of the eyes, skin, or mucous membranes caused by the deposition of bile salts in these tissues, occurring as a sign of disorders that interfere with normal metabolism or transport of bile. Liver diseases such as hepatitis commonly cause jaundice.
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jaundiced in Culture
jaundice [(jawn-dis)]

A condition in which the skin, the whites of the eye, and other tissues take on a yellowish color because of an excess of bile coloring in the blood.

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