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qualm

 (kwäm, kwôm)
n.
1. An uneasy feeling about the propriety or rightness of a course of action: "an ignorant ruffianly gaucho, who ... would ... fight, steal, and do other naughty things without a qualm" (W.H. Hudson).
2. A sudden disturbing feeling: "I heard with a qualm of terror the faint, remorseless sound of a telephone ringing somewhere down in the depths of the house" (John Banville).
3. A sudden feeling of sickness, faintness, or nausea.

[Origin unknown.]

qualm′ish adj.
qualm′ish·ly adv.

qualm

(kwɑːm)
n
1. a sudden feeling of sickness or nausea
2. a pang or sudden feeling of doubt, esp concerning moral conduct; scruple
3. a sudden sensation of misgiving or unease
[Old English cwealm death or plague; related to Old High German qualm despair, Dutch kwalm smoke, stench]
ˈqualmish, ˈqualmy adj
ˈqualmishly adv
ˈqualmishness n

qualm


(kwäm, kwôm),
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.
[1520–30]
ThesaurusAntonymsRelated WordsSynonymsLegend:
Noun1.qualm - uneasiness about the fitness of an actionqualm - uneasiness about the fitness of an action
anxiety - a vague unpleasant emotion that is experienced in anticipation of some (usually ill-defined) misfortune
2.qualm - a mild state of nausea
nausea, sickness - the state that precedes vomiting

qualm

noun misgiving, doubt, uneasiness, regret, anxiety, uncertainty, reluctance, hesitation, remorse, apprehension, disquiet, scruple, compunction, twinge or pang of conscience I had a sudden qualm that all might not be well.

qualm

noun
A feeling of uncertainty about the fitness or correctness of an action:
Translations
إرْتِياب، هاجِس، وَسْواس
skrupule
betænkelighed
efasemd
dvejonė
bažasšaubas
endişehuzursuzluk

qualm

[kwɑːm] N
1. (= scruple) → escrúpulo m
he had no qualms about throwing them out on the streetno tuvo ningún escrúpulo para echarlos a la calle
2. (= misgiving) → duda f
she signed it without a qualmno tuvo ninguna duda al firmarlo
he had qualms about their trustworthinesstenía dudas acerca de su honradez
I would have no qualms about doing the same againno dudaría en hacer lo mismo otra vez
3. (Med) → náusea f, mareo m

qualm

[ˈkwɑːm] n
(= hesitation) → hésitation f (= doubt) → doute m
moral qualms → scrupules mpl
to have qualms about sth (= doubts) → avoir des doutes sur qch
I have qualms about some of his arguments → J'ai des doutes sur certains de ses arguments.
to have qualms about doing sth (= hesitate to) → hésiter à faire qch
to have no qualms about doing sth (= no hesitation) → ne pas hésiter à faire qch

qualm

n
(= doubt, scruple)Skrupel m, → Bedenken nt; I would feel or have no qualms about killing that dogich würde keine Bedenken or Skrupel haben, den Hund zu töten; without the slightest qualmohne die geringsten Skrupel or Bedenken; without a qualmohne jeden Skrupel; qualms of conscienceGewissensbisse pl; he suddenly had qualms about itihn überkamen plötzlich Skrupel or Bedenken
(= misgiving)Bedenken nt; I had some qualms about his futureich hatte mancherlei Bedenken hinsichtlich seiner Zukunft
(old: = nausea) → Übelkeit f

qualm

[kwɑːm] n (often pl, fear) → apprensione f; (scruple) → scrupolo, esitazione f
to have qualms about sth → avere degli scrupoli per qc

qualm

(kwaːm) noun
a feeling of uncertainty about whether one is doing right. She had no qualms about reporting her husband's crime to the police.
References in classic literature ?
The slight qualm of conscience which had been excited by the intended deception was instantly appeased, and he began to collect his thoughts, in order to enact his part with suitable spirit, when he found he was about to be anticipated in his skill by an attempt to prove the power of music.
I was surprised to witness how coolly the child gathered himself up, and went on with his intention; exchanging saddles and all, and then sitting down on a bundle of hay to overcome the qualm which the violent blow occasioned, before he entered the house.
I had to cling tight to the backstay, and the world turned giddily before my eyes, for though I was a good enough sailor when there was way on, this standing still and being rolled about like a bottle was a thing I never learned to stand without a qualm or so, above all in the morning, on an empty stomach.
The doctor seemed seized with a qualm of faintness; he shut his mouth tight and nodded.
With a frightful qualm, I turned, and I saw that I had grasped the antenna of another monster crab that stood just behind me.
With a feeling like a sick qualm, as though I would like to make my way out of the crowd and go home, I staked another fifty gulden--this time on the red.
Suddenly a qualm of nausea swept over me, my senses swam, my knees gave beneath me and I pitched headlong to the ground upon the very verge of the dizzy bluff.
The latter qualm I had the temerity to confess to Raffles; nor have I often loved him more than when he freely admitted it to be the most natural feeling in the world.
I searched him without a qualm, but threats of annihilation instead, and found him unarmed but for that very knife which Rattray had induced me to hand over to him in town.
The dead languages were taught with such thoroughness that an old boy seldom thought of Homer or Virgil in after life without a qualm of boredom; and though in the common room at dinner one or two bolder spirits suggested that mathematics were of increasing importance, the general feeling was that they were a less noble study than the classics.
Once more he essayed the effort, but a qualm of nausea overwhelmed him.
Some men have but felt some little qualm of kindness towards their fellow-men, and the fact has been quite enough to persuade them that they stand alone in the van of enlightenment and that no one has such humanitarian feelings as they.