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."

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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
Recent Examples on the Web 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, "Enjoy the Dallas Museum of Art’s exploration of home from the comfort of yours," 29 Apr. 2020 Bill Murray stars as Phil Connors, a jaundiced weatherman for a Pittsburgh television station. New York Times, "How Many More Weeks (Years)? Watching ‘Groundhog Day’ Together," 21 Apr. 2020 After noting the jaundiced pallor of Miller’s skin, a doctor cut into the abdomen and examined the internal organs. John Kelly, Washington Post, "Before there was coronavirus, there was yellow fever. Fear of it once gripped D.C.," 11 Feb. 2020 Many a student has cast a jaundiced eye upon the very conception of humanism. Rick Moody, The New Yorker, "Humanism vs. Zoom," 6 Apr. 2020 This American plague, which got its name because its victims became jaundiced, swept through the nation’s biggest cities a few times between 1793 to 1798. Joshua Kendall, Time, "America's Devastating First Plague and the Birth of Epidemiology," 4 Apr. 2020 Eventually they were released, my uncle jaundiced, my brother filthy. Naz Riahi, Longreads, "All that Was Innocent and Violent: Girlhood in Post-Revolution Iran," 19 Mar. 2020 First published in 2001, Indiana’s stylish mother-and-son crime novel (the last in a trilogy) draws on the real-life con artists and murderers Sante and Kenneth Kimes to cast a jaundiced eye on the hollowness of America’s capitalist culture. New York Times, "New & Noteworthy, From Beautiful Crime to Essays on Identity," 18 Feb. 2020 Among the advisers who share the president’s more jaundiced view is his son-in-law, Jared Kushner, who considers the problem more about public psychology than a health reality, according to people who have spoken with him. Peter Baker, New York Times, "The President as Bystander: Trump Struggles to Unify a Nation on Edge," 12 Mar. 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 15 Aug. 2020.

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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


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

Medical Definition of jaundiced

: affected with jaundice a deeply jaundiced patient

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