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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 ?
His cunning was fresh with the day, and his qualms were gone with the night--in which particulars it is not improbable that he had compeers in Fleet-street and the City of London, that fine morning.
I should have no qualms about tightening the rope round the neck of some human monster, or sticking a neat dagger or bullet into a dangerous, treacherous foe, but to kill a dream is a sickening business.
Well then," said the lacquey, "I feel qualms of conscience, and I should lay a-heavy burden upon it if I were to proceed any further with the combat; I therefore declare that I yield myself vanquished, and that I am willing to marry the lady at once.
He knew nothing of weekday services, and thought none the worse of the Sunday sermon if it allowed him to sleep from the text to the blessing; liking the afternoon service best, because the prayers were the shortest, and not ashamed to say so; for he had an easy, jolly conscience, broad- backed like himself, and able to carry a great deal of beer or port-wine, not being made squeamish by doubts and qualms and lofty aspirations.
He was afraid to answer his own question; not because of any dread of what his wife might do--he was conscious only of a new, cold, impersonal hatred toward her because she stood between him and his Rose; nor was it qualms about his ability to win the girl's heart.
The realisation that there was England gave Bert sudden and unexpected qualms of patriotic compunction.
But in Princess Drubetskaya's case he felt, after her second appeal, something like qualms of conscience.
But finally came a moment which he felt propitious and though with inward qualms, it was with outward calm that he commenced the descent to the street below.
Once having mastered the language and conquered numerous fastidious qualms, he found that he could flow into any nook of working-class life and fit it so snugly as to feel comfortably at home.
I gripped myself, mastered the qualms that rose in my throat, and downed the stuff.
That having quietly acquiesced in what was of so much greater importance, it was absurd, if not downright hypocrisy, to affect any qualms at this trifle.
But then, having some qualms as to the truth of the assertion, and seeing that if he were to assume the character of an old boy he couldn't go on asking the questions he wanted, added--"That is to say, I'm on my way there.