Definitions for: Qualm


[n] uneasiness about the fitness of an action
[n] a mild state of nausea



Webster (1913) Definition: Qualm, n. [AS. cwealm death, slaughter, pestilence, akin
to OS. & OHG. qualm. See Quail to cower.]
1. Sickness; disease; pestilence; death. [Obs.]

thousand slain and not of qualm ystorve [dead].
--Chaucer.

2. A sudden attack of illness, faintness, or pain; an agony.
`` Qualms of heartsick agony.'' --Milton.

3. Especially, a sudden sensation of nausea.

For who, without a qualm, hath ever looked On holy
garbage, though by Homer cooked? --Roscommon.

4. A prick or scruple of conscience; uneasiness of
conscience; compunction. --Dryden.

Synonyms: misgiving, queasiness, scruple, squeamishness

See Also: anxiety, nausea, sickness

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Famous Quotes Containing Qualm:


You will be amused when you see that I have more than once deceived without the slightest qualm of conscience, both knaves and fools.

-- Giacomo Casanova (Italian Celebrity)


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