Zealous or jealous - Mixed messages and misused words from A to Z
Zeal for correctness dictates that we finish this A to Z series with this pair of all-to-often mixed-up words.
What’s the difference between zealous and jealous?
Zealous describes someone who is extremely enthusiastic, devoted, impassioned, or dedicated to something or someone. Jealous characterizes one who may be overly possessive, envious, coveting, or fearful of losing another’s affection.
Here’s an example of appropriate usage of zealous and jealous in a sentence.
Buster, a zealous Chicago Cubs fan, grew a bit jealous when his girlfriend began trumpeting the praises of the good-looking rookie outfielder.
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