Emotion Thesaurus Entry: Jealousy

  • Pouting
  • Sullen looks, glowering
  • Hot eyes, tears forming
  • Sitting against a wall, holding the knees to the chest and staring off angrily
  • Minor destruction as a release (crumpling paper or breaking pencils)
  • Rash decisions (impulsively quitting a team or storming out of a party)
  • Jeering, calling names, running someone down
  • Starting rumors, acting catty
  • Shoving the person who caused the jealous feelings
  • Sneering
  • Showing off
  • A desire for revenge
  • Rudeness
  • Reckless behavior (trusting a stranger, using drugs or alcohol…

Win your readers’ hearts by tailoring your character’s emotional responses so they’re compelling, credible, and realistic.

If you struggle with writing emotions like so many writers do, you’ll be happy to know that this sample has been expanded into book form. The full list of physical, internal, and mental cues for this and 74 other emotions can be found in The Emotion Thesaurus: A Writer’s Guide to Character Expression. For more information on this bestselling book and where it can be found, please visit our bookstore.

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3 Responses to Emotion Thesaurus Entry: Jealousy

  1. Una Mariah says:

    This blog is great. I have a character in my story who’s jealous of my M.C. and all I have so far is “he was jealous” statements, that get boring after a while.

  2. Ardyth says:

    I was just told by a publisher purchasing my work to remove all “she was jealous” type statements and replace with showing…

    Here is where I went immediately. 😀

    Cookies and flowers to you guys for the theasurus!

  3. Luc2 says:

    Jay! Another entry for the emotion thesaurus. Thanks.

    Your faithful lurker. 🙂

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