jaun·​diced | \ ˈjȯn-dəst How to pronounce jaundiced (audio) , ˈjän- \

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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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."

Examples of jaundiced in a Sentence

She has a very jaundiced view of politics and politicians. took a jaundiced view of his opponent's triumphs on the tennis court
Recent Examples on the Web In the weeks leading up to departure, images of unruly fires and jaundiced skies stretching across California, Wyoming, and Idaho, dominated news cycles. Lauren Mowery, Forbes, 5 July 2022 Maps to the Stars’ David Cronenberg casts a jaundiced eye upon the lifestyles of the rich and famous in this darkly comic 2014 drama set in Hollywood. Matt Cooperlistings Coordinator, Los Angeles Times, 2 June 2022 On the surface, the material’s jaundiced view of human nature seems perfect for him. Stephanie Zacharek, Time, 25 Dec. 2021 These are things that aren’t supposed to happen — the DOJ is supposed to be independent of executive influence, elections are supposed to be decided by the voters — but, in the jaundiced view of Succession, do. Scott Tobias, Vulture, 21 Nov. 2021 Running through several of the pieces is a jaundiced, scalding eye on the intrusions of a White world in a city that has been racially riven for decades. Washington Post, 29 Apr. 2021 In the jaundiced calculus of Beltway reporting, these things are similar—nothing more than electoral ploys to alter the parties’ prospects. Alex Shephard, The New Republic, 31 Mar. 2021 Author Bill Buford, who has hung out with soccer hooligans and Mario Batali, takes a more jaundiced and journalistic view of Brillat-Savarin’s work. Washington Post, 24 Dec. 2020 Rabin had wanted to negotiate a peace agreement with Egyptian President Anwar al-Sadat, but Mr. Kissinger took a jaundiced view of peace. Martin Indyk, WSJ, 4 Nov. 2020 See More

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First Known Use of jaundiced

1640, in the meaning defined at sense 1

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“Jaundiced.” Merriam-Webster.com Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, https://www.merriam-webster.com/dictionary/jaundiced. Accessed 6 Oct. 2022.

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jaun·​diced | \ -dəst How to pronounce jaundiced (audio) \

Medical Definition of jaundiced

: affected with jaundice a deeply jaundiced patient


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