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Jealous vs. Zealous

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  • Jealous (adjective)

    Suspecting rivalry in love; troubled by worries that one might have been replaced in someone's affections; suspicious of a lover or spouse's fidelity. from 13th c.

  • Jealous (adjective)

    Protective, zealously guarding, careful in the protection of something one has or appreciates. from 14th c.

    "For you must not worship any other god, for the Lord, whose name is Jehovah, is a jealous God. —Exodus 34:14 (NET)"

  • Jealous (adjective)

    Envious; feeling resentful or angered toward someone for a perceived advantage or success, material or otherwise. from 14th c.

  • Jealous (adjective)

    Suspecting, suspicious.

  • Zealous (adjective)

    Full of zeal; ardent, fervent; exhibiting enthusiasm or strong passion.

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Oxford Dictionary
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  • Jealous (adjective)

    Zealous; solicitous; vigilant; anxiously watchful.

  • Jealous (adjective)

    Apprehensive; anxious; suspiciously watchful.

  • Jealous (adjective)

    Demanding exclusive devotion; intolerant of rivalry.

  • Jealous (adjective)

    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.

  • Zealous (adjective)

    Filled with, or characterized by, zeal; warmly engaged, or ardent, in behalf of an object.

  • Zealous (adjective)

    Filled with religious zeal.

Webster Dictionary
  • Jealous (adjective)

    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"

  • Jealous (adjective)

    suspicious or unduly suspicious or fearful of being displaced by a rival;

    "a jealous lover"

  • Zealous (adjective)

    marked by active interest and enthusiasm;

    "an avid sports fan"

    "a great walker"

    "an eager beaver"

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