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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 Count, it appeared, was a monster of jealousy—he had led her a dreadful life.

  • Here, then, is a new basis for the sex honor of women and the jealousy of men.

    Folkways William Graham Sumner
  • She felt no jealousy when she contrasted it with her own small apartment.

    Dangerous Days Mary Roberts Rinehart
  • We have no jealousy of German greatness, and there is nothing in this program that impairs it.

  • She attributed them to jealousy and envy, and strenuously defended his name.

    Cecil Rhodes Princess Catherine Radziwill
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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