Jaundice

(2 syl.) A jaundiced eye. A prejudiced eye which sees “faults that are not.” It was a popular belief among the Romans that to the eye of a person who had the jaundice everything looked of a yellow tinge.

(French, jaune, yellow.)

All seems infected that thinfected spy,
As all seems yellow to the jaundiced eye.

Pope: Essay on Criticism.

Source: Dictionary of Phrase and Fable, E. Cobham Brewer, 1894
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