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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.