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[jel-uh-see] /ˈdʒɛl ə si/
noun, plural jealousies for 4.
jealous resentment against a rival, a person enjoying success or advantage, etc., or against another's success or advantage itself.
mental uneasiness from suspicion or fear of rivalry, unfaithfulness, etc., as in love or aims.
vigilance in maintaining or guarding something.
a jealous feeling, disposition, state, or mood.
Origin of jealousy
1175-1225; Middle English gelusie, jelosie < Old French gelosie, equivalent to gelos jealous + -ie -y3
Can be confused
envy, jealousy (see synonym study at envy)
1. See envy. Unabridged
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  • The jealousy of the European powers, too, protects the Turk.

  • He should therefore smile at the futile attempt to excite his jealousy.

    The Man Shakespeare Frank Harris
  • "Hamlet" is a drama of pathetic weakness, strengthened by a drama of revenge and jealousy.

    The Man Shakespeare Frank Harris
  • All the magical phrases in the play are phrases of jealousy, passion, and pity.

    The Man Shakespeare Frank Harris
  • Sidney's half-days at home were occasions for agonies of jealousy on Carlotta's part.

    K Mary Roberts Rinehart
British Dictionary definitions for jealousy


noun (pl) -ousies
the state or quality of being jealous
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Word Origin and History for jealousy

c.1200, of God; c.1300, of persons, from Old French jalousie "enthusiasm, love, longing, jealousy" (12c.), from jalos (see jealous). Meaning "zeal, fervor, devotion" is late 14c.

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