noun, plural jeal·ous·ies for 4.
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What does jealousy mean?
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.
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What are some other forms related to jealousy?
- jealousies (plural)
- jealous (adjective)
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How is jealousy used in real life?
Jealousy commonly involves resentment relating to possessions, success, and romantic partners.
at the end of the day, people making outlandish claims about the legitimacy of dream's speedruns are motivated purely by jealousy. jealousy of his success, his luck, his growth. it's blatantly obvious he does not cheat. they just let their immaturity cloud their judgements.
— rusty (@rustyimpact) October 21, 2020
The lack of empathy and emotional intelligence in infosec is sometimes shocking. It's disappointing to see jealousy and/or immaturity as a reaction to hard work published, instead of encouragement and gracefulness. At least it's easy to tell now who's on what side.
— shubs (@infosec_au) October 13, 2020
If you ever feel jealousy/envy towards anyone, sit and learn to channel that energy towards YOURSELF. Minutes spent worrying about someone else takes away from growing.
— Dani ♡︎ (@dannellamunoz) October 16, 2020
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Jealousy is usually considered a negative and unhealthy feeling.
How to use jealousy in a sentence
We may not all be cold-blooded killers, creators Charles Rogers and Sarah Violet-Bliss suggest, but when it comes down to it, we all possess lethal levels of selfishness or pettiness or prejudice or jealousy or insecurity or rage.
However, her jealousy drove her so much that she wanted to be seen at the wedding.In New Brothers Grimm 'Snow White', The Prince Doesn't Save Her|The Brothers Grimm|November 30, 2014|DAILY BEAST
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.Martin Amis Talks About Nazis, Novels, and Cute Babies|Ronald K. Fried|October 9, 2014|DAILY BEAST
Their relationship was messy and sordid and full of lies and jealousy and betrayal and backstabbing.How to Get Away With Gayness: Shonda Rhimes Kills TV’s Sex Stereotypes|Kevin Fallon|September 25, 2014|DAILY BEAST
During the visit, Kermit kissed the First Lady's hand, risking the potential jealousy of Miss Piggy.Muppets, Superheroes And The Politicians Who Love Them|Ben Jacobs|May 22, 2014|DAILY BEAST
She was as incapable of jealousy as of aching vanity in the fact of a son whom the world was never permitted to forget.Ancestors|Gertrude Atherton
Sick with jealousy and spite, she bowed as she passed, trying to look eighteen, and tenderly reproachful.Rosemary in Search of a Father|C. N. Williamson
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.Napoleon's Marshals|R. P. Dunn-Pattison
His perception was still exceptionally alert, its acuteness left over, apparently, from the earlier days of pain and jealousy.