Definition of jaundiced
- a jaundiced eye
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She has a very jaundiced view of politics and politicians.
took a jaundiced view of his opponent's triumphs on the tennis court
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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."
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
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