jealousy


jealousy

noun, plural jeal·ous·ies for 4.

  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.

noun plural -ousies

  1. the state or quality of being jealous
n.

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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