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[ jel-uh-see ]


, plural jeal·ous·ies
  1. jealous 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 jealous feeling, disposition, state, or mood.


/ ˈdʒɛləsɪ /


  1. the state or quality of being jealous

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Confusables Note

See envy.

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Word History and Origins

Origin of jealousy1

First recorded in 1300–50; Middle English gelusie, gelosie, from Old French gelosie, jalousie, equivalent to gelos “jealous” + -ie noun suffix; jealous, -y 3

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Synonym Study

See envy.

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Example Sentences

Obviously, all families have issues, but with my sister Kathy, jealousy or sibling rivalry are not issues that we ever had.

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Experiences of fear, jealousy, joy, and pride are very different, but they are more similar to each other than any one of them is to a visual experience, or to an auditory experience.

Here we see a novelist who embraced his passions — his lusts, his angers, his resentments, his envies and his jealousies — who, indeed, was largely driven by them.

When Florez heard her peers were pulled from similar placements late last year, she was happy for them, but felt a surprising pang of jealousy, a feeling like, “You should’ve took me out when I was there!”

Some people feel a twinge of jealousy when a work colleague is praised by the boss.

However, her jealousy drove her so much that she wanted to be seen at the wedding.

Hours later, he confessed to having shot his girlfriend out of jealousy.

So yeah, a lot of the press about Martin Amis is fueled by jealousy.

Their relationship was messy and sordid and full of lies and jealousy and betrayal and backstabbing.

During the visit, Kermit kissed the First Lady's hand, risking the potential jealousy of Miss Piggy.

She was as incapable of jealousy as of aching vanity in the fact of a son whom the world was never permitted to forget.

Sick with jealousy and spite, she bowed as she passed, trying to look eighteen, and tenderly reproachful.

He looked back—looked down—upon former emotions and activities; and hence the confusing alternating of jealousy and forgiveness.

But though he conquered this weakness, he never overcame his jealousy of his fellow Marshals and generals.

His perception was still exceptionally alert, its acuteness left over, apparently, from the earlier days of pain and jealousy.


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What does jealousy mean?

Jealousy is a feeling or state of resentment, bitterness, or hostility toward someone because they have something that you don’t.

Jealousy usually occurs as a result of someone owning something you want but can’t have or having achieved some kind of success that you want to achieve but have not been able to.

This sense of jealousy is very similar in meaning to envy, which refers to a mostly negative feeling of desire for something that someone else has and you do not—like a mix of admiration and discontent. However, while envy is not necessarily malicious, jealousy usually implies a deeper resentment, perhaps because you feel that you deserve the thing more than the other person, or that it is unfair that they have it and you don’t.

Jealousy is also used in the context of romantic relationships to refer to a feeling of hostility, uneasiness, or distress relating to the fear that one’s romantic partner will be unfaithful. This often involves opposition to others giving one’s partner positive attention. Such jealousy is considered very unhealthy in relationships.

Someone who is feeling or is prone to jealousy can be described as jealous. Jealous can also be used to describe such a person’s thoughts or actions.

Example: If your friends feel jealousy over your success, they may not be your friends.

Where does jealousy come from?

The first records of the word jealousy come from the 1300s. It ultimately derives from the Greek zēlos, meaning “zeal” (enthusiastic devotion). The words zeal and zealous are based on the same root.

Jealousy usually involves coveting (greedily desiring) what someone else has, such as material possessions, success, fame—even a romantic partner. In the context of romantic relationships, though, jealousy involves feeling the need to intensely guard access to one’s partner in order to prevent perceived threats to the relationship.

In his play Othello, Shakespeare famously calls jealousy a green-eyed monster, which is a way of saying that jealousy is an unhealthy emotion that can eat away at you.

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  • jealous (adjective)

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Jealousy commonly involves resentment relating to possessions, success, and romantic partners.


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True or False? 

Jealousy is usually considered a negative and unhealthy feeling.