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  3  definitions  found 
 
  From  Webster's  Revised  Unabridged  Dictionary  (1913)  [web1913]: 
 
  Jealous  \Jeal"ous\,  a.  [OE.  jalous,  gelus,  OF  jalous,  F. 
  jaloux  LL  zelosus  zealous,  fr  zelus  emulation,  zeal, 
  jealousy,  Gr  zh^los.  See  {Zeal},  and  cf  {Zealous}.] 
  1.  Zealous;  solicitous;  vigilant;  anxiously  watchful. 
 
  I  have  been  very  jealous  for  the  Lord  God  of  hosts. 
  --Kings  xix. 
  10. 
 
  How  nicely  jealous  is  every  one  of  us  of  his  own 
  repute!  --Dr.  H.  More 
 
  2.  Apprehensive;  anxious;  suspiciously  watchful. 
 
  'This  doing  wrong  creates  such  doubts  as  these 
  Renders  us  jealous  and  disturbs  our  peace.  --Waller. 
 
  The  people  are  so  jealous  of  the  clergy's  ambition. 
  --Swift. 
 
  3.  Exacting  exclusive  devotion;  intolerant  of  rivalry. 
 
  Thou  shalt  worship  no  other  God;  for  the  Lord,  whose 
  name  is  Jealous,  is  a  jealous  God.  --Ex.  xxxiv 
  14. 
 
  4.  Disposed  to  suspect  rivalry  in  matters  of  interest  and 
  affection;  apprehensive  regarding  the  motives  of  possible 
  rivals,  or  the  fidelity  of  friends;  distrustful;  having 
  morbid  fear  of  rivalry  in  love  or  preference  given  to 
  another;  painfully  suspicious  of  the  faithfulness  of 
  husband,  wife,  or  lover. 
 
  If  the  spirit  of  jealousy  come  upon  him  and  he  be 
  jealous  of  his  wife.  --Num.  v.  14. 
 
  To  both  these  sisters  have  I  sworn  my  love:  Each 
  jealous  of  the  other  as  the  stung  Are  of  the  adder. 
  --Shak. 
 
  It  is  one  of  the  best  bonds,  both  of  chastity  and 
  obedience,  in  the  wife,  if  she  think  her  husband 
  wise;  which  she  will  never  do  if  she  find  him 
  jealous.  --Bacon. 
 
  Syn:  Suspicious;  anxious;  envious. 
 
  Usage:  {Jealous},  {Suspicious}.  Suspicious  is  the  wider  term. 
  We  suspect  a  person  when  we  distrust  his  honesty  and 
  imagine  he  has  some  bad  design.  We  are  jealous  when  we 
  suspect  him  of  aiming  to  deprive  us  of  what  we  dearly 
  prize.  Iago  began  by  awakening  the  suspicions  of 
  Othello,  and  converted  them  at  last  into  jealousy. 
  ``Suspicion  may  be  excited  by  some  kind  of  accusation, 
  not  supported  by  evidence  sufficient  for  conviction, 
  but  sufficient  to  trouble  the  repose  of  confidence.'' 
  ``Jealousy  is  a  painful  apprehension  of  rivalship  in 
  cases  that  are  peculiarly  interesting  to  us.'' 
  --Cogan. 
 
  From  WordNet  r  1.6  [wn]: 
 
  jealous 
  adj  1:  showing  extreme  cupidity;  painfully  desirous  of  another's 
  advantages;  "he  was  never  covetous  before  he  met  her"; 
  "jealous  of  his  success  and  covetous  of  his 
  possessions";  "envious  of  their  art  collection"  [syn: 
  {covetous},  {envious}] 
  2:  suspicious  or  unduly  suspicious  or  fearful  of  being 
  displaced  by  a  rival;  "a  jealous  lover"  [syn:  {green-eyed}, 
  {overjealous}] 
 
  From  THE  DEVIL'S  DICTIONARY  ((C)1911  Released  April  15  1993)  [devils]: 
 
  JEALOUS,  adj  Unduly  concerned  about  the  preservation  of  that  which 
  can  be  lost  only  if  not  worth  keeping. 
 
 




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