jaundiced

adjective jaun·diced \ ˈjȯn-dəst , ˈjän- \
Updated on: 7 Nov 2017

Definition of jaundiced

1 : affected with or as if with jaundice
2 : exhibiting or influenced by envy, distaste, or hostility
  • a jaundiced eye

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Examples of jaundiced in a Sentence

  1. She has a very jaundiced view of politics and politicians.

  2. took a jaundiced view of his opponent's triumphs on the tennis court

Recent Examples of jaundiced from the Web

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The adjective jaundiced, which was introduced into English in the mid-17th century, is the direct result of the older noun jaundice. The physical condition called jaundice involves a yellowish coloring of the skin, tissues, and body fluids caused by the presence of coloring matter from bile. In ages past, people believed that a hostile, irritable temperament indicated an excess of bile in one's body. This belief not only led to the extended use of jaundiced, but it also resulted in a similar use of the adjective bilious, which can mean either "ill-tempered" or "marked by or suffering from liver dysfunction and especially excessive secretion of bile."

First Known Use of jaundiced

1640


JAUNDICED Defined for English Language Learners

jaundiced

adjective

Definition of jaundiced for English Language Learners

  • medical : having a disease that causes your skin to turn yellow : affected with jaundice

  • : feeling or showing dislike, distrust, or anger because of past experiences : likely to think that people, organizations, etc., are bad


Medical Dictionary

jaundiced

adjective jaun·diced \ -dəst \

medical Definition of jaundiced

: affected with jaundice
  • a deeply jaundiced patient

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