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In early modern usage, jealousy covered a greater variety of affective conditions than what is understood under that emotion today. But in practice, jealousy primarily referred to anxiety or distrust in matters of love, then as now.

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In Latin and the emerging European vernaculars, expressions to do with jealousy referred, first, to dissatisfaction in love, which is also its stereotypical context nowadays; but it also referred to feelings one would now describe as envy and zeal, esp…

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Dimit, Robert and Omitogun-Meyer, Patricia, “Jealousy”, in: Encyclopedia of Early Modern History Online, Editors of the English edition: Graeme Dunphy, Andrew Gow. Original German Edition: Enzyklopädie der Neuzeit. Im Auftrag des Kulturwissenschaftlichen Instituts (Essen) und in Verbindung mit den Fachherausgebern herausgegeben von Friedrich Jaeger. Copyright © J.B. Metzlersche Verlagsbuchhandlung und Carl Ernst Poeschel Verlag GmbH 2005–2012. Consulted online on 27 February 2024 <http://dx.doi.org/10.1163/2352-0272_emho_COM_018597>
First published online: 2015
First print edition: 20190124

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