jealousy

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Old French jalousie, see jealous, -y.

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jealousy (countable and uncountable, plural jealousies)

  1. (uncountable) A state of suspicious guarding towards a spouse, lover etc., from fears of infidelity.
  2. (countable) A resentment towards someone for a perceived advantage or superiority they hold.
    • 1907, Charles J. Archard The Portland Peerage Romance
      Jealousy was, however, aroused among the English nobility at the favouritism shown the Dutch newcomer
  3. Envy towards another's possessions
    • 1891, Louis Antoine Fauvelet De Bourrienne, translated by R. W. Phipps, Memoirs Of Napoleon Bonaparte
      …the jealousy of his foes of each other's share in the booty…
  4. (archaic) A close concern for someone or something, solicitude, vigilance.
    • 1485, Sir Thomas Malory, Le Morte Darthur, Book VIII:
      And therefore by my wyll I wolde have dryvyn hym away for jelosy that I had of hys lyff [...].

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