Jealous

Definition of Jealous

Jeal´ous
a.1.
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.Demanding 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.

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