Definitions for qualm

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Princeton's WordNetRate this definition:(0.00 / 0 votes)

  1. scruple, qualm, misgiving(noun)

    uneasiness about the fitness of an action

  2. queasiness, squeamishness, qualm(noun)

    a mild state of nausea

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  1. qualm(Noun)

    A sudden feeling of apprehension, doubt, fear etc.

  2. qualm(Noun)

    A sudden sickly feeling; queasiness.

  3. qualm(Noun)

    A prick of the conscience; a moral scruple, a pang of guilt. (Now chiefly in negative constructions.)

  4. Origin: qualm, from cwealm (West Saxon) "death, disaster, plague," utcualm (Anglian) "utter destruction," related to cwelan cwellan. The other suggested etymology, less satisfying, is from kwalm "steam, vapor, mist," which also may be ultimately from the same Germanic root as quell. Sense softened to "feeling of faintness" 1530; meaning "uneasiness, doubt" is from 1553; that of "scruple of conscience" is 1649. An indirect connection between the Old English and modern senses is plausible, via the notion of "fit of sickness."

Webster DictionaryRate this definition:(0.00 / 0 votes)

  1. Qualm(noun)

    sickness; disease; pestilence; death

  2. Qualm(noun)

    a sudden attack of illness, faintness, or pain; an agony

  3. Qualm(noun)

    especially, a sudden sensation of nausea

  4. Qualm(noun)

    a prick or scruple of conscience; uneasiness of conscience; compunction

  5. Origin: [AS. cwealm death, slaughter, pestilence, akin to OS. & OHG. qualm. See Quail to cower.]

Translations for qualm

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  • escrúpuloSpanish
  • epäilys, tunnontuska, epävarmuus, kuvotus, etominenFinnish
  • scrupuleFrench
  • paura, scrupolo, dubbio, apprensioneItalian
  • potauMāori
  • braakkneiging, bedenking, scrupule, onzekerheid, twijfel, angstgevoel, onbehagen, gewetensaanval, gewetensbezwaar, wroegingDutch
  • compuncțiune, scrupul, greațăRomanian
  • сомнение, растерянность, тошнота, угрызения совестиRussian
  • betänklighetSwedish

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