So you wake up in the morning and look in the mirror. To your surprise, and horror, instead of your usual rosy complexion, your skin is yellow and the whites of your eyes are yellow, too! You, my friend, are jaundiced.

Jaundice is from the Greek, ikteros, which referred to both the disease and a rare, yellow bird. It was thought that someone with jaundice could stare at this yellow bird, and the jaundice would be magically transferred to the bird. Jaundiced can also refer to ideas or feelings being distorted by negative views or qualities, since yellow has been associated with bitterness and envy. Too bad there is no bird to get rid of that!

Definitions of jaundiced

adj affected by jaundice which causes yellowing of skin etc

icteric, yellow
not in or exhibiting good health in body or mind

adj showing or affected by prejudice or envy or distaste

“looked with a jaundiced eye on the growth of regimentation”
“takes a jaundiced view of societies and clubs”
discriminatory, prejudiced
being biased or having a belief or attitude formed beforehand

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