Definitions for qualm

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Random House Webster's College Dictionary

qualm(n.)

  1. an uneasy feeling or pang of conscience as to conduct; compunction:

    He has no qualms about lying.

  2. a sudden feeling of apprehensive uneasiness; misgiving.

  3. a sudden sensation or onset of faintness or illness, esp. of nausea.

Origin of qualm:

1520–30

Princeton's WordNet

  1. scruple, qualm, misgiving(noun)

    uneasiness about the fitness of an action

  2. queasiness, squeamishness, qualm(noun)

    a mild state of nausea

Wiktionary

  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 Dictionary

  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


Translations for qualm

Kernerman English Multilingual Dictionary

qualm(noun)

a feeling of uncertainty about whether one is doing right

She had no qualms about reporting her husband's crime to the police.

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