Digest of terms


powerful feeling of possessiveness, usually related to rival claims for the recognition or affection of another person. The sense of ownership, which is being offended, is morally dubious, in that it implies that one person has rights over another - a feeling which is more appropriate for property than in personal relationships. However, where real, rather than imagined, betrayal of trust is involved the hurt felt may be very understandable. It is feasible to be jealously protective and supportive of another's interests, even when they conflict with the preferences of the person who is presuming to act in this way. It is in this sense of that the word is sometimes used of God, protecting the interests of all humanity.

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