Definitions for qualm
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scruple, qualm, misgiving(noun)
uneasiness about the fitness of an action
queasiness, squeamishness, qualm(noun)
a mild state of nausea
A sudden feeling of apprehension, doubt, fear etc.
A sudden sickly feeling; queasiness.
A prick of the conscience; a moral scruple, a pang of guilt. (Now chiefly in negative constructions.)
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."
sickness; disease; pestilence; death
a sudden attack of illness, faintness, or pain; an agony
especially, a sudden sensation of nausea
a prick or scruple of conscience; uneasiness of conscience; compunction
Origin: [AS. cwealm death, slaughter, pestilence, akin to OS. & OHG. qualm. See Quail to cower.]
Sample Sentences & Example Usage
You'll see certain Pythagorean whose belief in communism of property goes to such lengths that they pick up anything lying about unguarded, and make off with it without a qualm of conscience as if it had come to them by law.
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- epäilys, tunnontuska, epävarmuus, kuvotus, etominenFinnish
- paura, scrupolo, dubbio, apprensioneItalian
- braakkneiging, bedenking, scrupule, onzekerheid, twijfel, angstgevoel, onbehagen, gewetensaanval, gewetensbezwaar, wroegingDutch
- compuncțiune, scrupul, greațăRomanian
- сомнение, растерянность, тошнота, угрызения совестиRussian
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