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 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 Employers, insurers and Medicare have made changes in an effort to respond to COVID-19 and consumers themselves are looking at their benefits, particularly health insurance, with a more jaundiced eye. Walecia Konrad, CBS News, 2 Nov. 2020 The jaundiced perspective of their previous work suggests a willful travesty of Dickens in the making. Michael Phillips, chicagotribune.com, 24 Aug. 2020 This is especially evident in work by some of the younger artists here, who take a critical, even jaundiced, attitude toward home and hearth, as is the case with the single most jaw-dropping piece, Alex Da Corte’s wild Rubber Pencil Devil (2018). Benjamin Lima, Dallas News, 29 Apr. 2020 Bill Murray stars as Phil Connors, a jaundiced weatherman for a Pittsburgh television station. New York Times, 21 Apr. 2020

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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 25 Jul. 2021.

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English Language Learners Definition of jaundiced

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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Medical Definition of jaundiced

: affected with jaundice a deeply jaundiced patient


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