Definitions

from The American Heritage® Dictionary of the English Language, 4th Edition

  • n. Yellowish discoloration of the whites of the eyes, skin, and mucous membranes caused by deposition of bile salts in these tissues. It occurs as a symptom of various diseases, such as hepatitis, that affect the processing of bile. Also called icterus.
  • n. A state or feeling of negativity or bitterness arising especially from envy or world-weariness.
  • transitive v. To affect with the discoloration of jaundice.
  • transitive v. To affect with the negativity or bitterness of jaundice. See Synonyms at bias.

from Wiktionary, Creative Commons Attribution/Share-Alike License

  • n. A morbid condition, characterized by yellowness of the eyes, skin, and urine, whiteness of the feces, constipation, queasiness, loss of appetite, and general languor and lassitude. It is caused usually by obstruction of the biliary passages and consequent damming up, in the liver, of the bile, which is then absorbed into the blood. Other causes include increased hemolysis and any liver disease. The discoloration is caused by accumulation of bilirubin in the body; bilirubin is normally excreted in bile to give feces their normal yellow-brown coloration.
  • v. To affect with jaundice; to color by prejudice or envy; to prejudice.

from the GNU version of the Collaborative International Dictionary of English

  • n. A morbid condition, characterized by yellowness of the eyes, skin, and urine, whiteness of the fæces, constipation, uneasiness in the region of the stomach, loss of appetite, and general languor and lassitude. It is caused usually by obstruction of the biliary passages and consequent damming up, in the liver, of the bile, which is then absorbed into the blood.
  • transitive v. To affect with jaundice; to color by prejudice or envy; to prejudice.

from The Century Dictionary and Cyclopedia

  • To affect with jaundice.
  • Hence To affect with prejudice or envy.
  • n. In pathology, a morbid state characterized by the presence of bile-pigments in the blood, which gives rise to a yellow staining of the skin and the whites of the eyes and to a dark coloring of the urine.
  • n. Hence A state of feeling or emotion that colors the view or disorders the judgment, as jealousy, envy, and the like.
  • n. Same as grasserie.

from WordNet 3.0 Copyright 2006 by Princeton University. All rights reserved.

  • n. a rough and bitter manner
  • v. distort adversely
  • v. affect with, or as if with, jaundice
  • n. yellowing of the skin and the whites of the eyes caused by an accumulation of bile pigment (bilirubin) in the blood; can be a symptom of gallstones or liver infection or anemia

Etymologies

Middle English jaundis, jaunis, from Old French jaunice, yellowness, jaundice, from jaune, jalne, yellow, from Latin galbinus, yellowish.
(American Heritage® Dictionary of the English Language, Fourth Edition)
From Middle English jaundis, jaunis, from Middle French jaunisse, from jaune ("yellow") + -isse ("-ice, '-ness'"). Jaune, from Old French jalne, from Latin galbinus ("yellowish"), from galbus ("yellow"). (Wiktionary)

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  • "But the weary process of reform at the UN has left many jaundiced" -- I find it interesting jaundice is used in this sense

    February 9, 2009

  • See also Jaundice people.

    September 2, 2008