Jeal·ous·y n.; pl. Jealousies The quality of being jealous; earnest concern or solicitude; painful apprehension of rivalship in cases directly affecting one's happiness; painful suspicion of the faithfulness of husband, wife, or lover.
I was jealous for jealousy. --Zech. viii. 2.
Jealousy is the . . . apprehension of superiority. --Shenstone.
Whoever had qualities to alarm our jealousy, had excellence to deserve our fondness. --Rambler.
n 1: a feeling of jealous envy (especially of a rival) [syn: green-eyed
2: zealous vigilance; "cherish their official political freedom
with fierce jealousy"-Paul Blanshard
suspicion of a wife's purity, one of the strongest passions
(Num. 5:14; Prov. 6:34; Cant. 8:6); also an intense interest for
another's honour or prosperity (Ps. 79:5; 1 Cor. 10:22; Zech.