But contemporaries had qualms about launching unprovoked attacks.
Yet Yale officials had no qualms about inviting such a person to study at the university during my first year there.
I put my qualms aside and continued my experimental foray into the Twittersphere.
Their qualms have not necessarily been lessened by at times impolitic and immature remarks.
Our guide had no qualms about asking us to sleep closer, and, when we refused, he informed us he hated us.
Sir Bale's qualms were symptomatic of something a little less sublime and more selfish than conscience.
He feared the swordfish would ram us, and I had some qualms myself.
But Mary Standish saved him any qualms of conscience which he might have had because of his lack of chivalry the preceding night.
Personally I have no qualms of conscience about this piece of work.
The flesh and the qualms of the flesh she was heir to, but the flesh bore heavily only on the flesh.
Old English cwealm (West Saxon) "death, murder, slaughter; disaster; plague; torment," utcualm (Anglian) "utter destruction," probably related to cwellan "to kill, murder, execute," cwelan "to die" (see quell). Sense softened to "feeling of faintness" 1520s; figurative meaning "uneasiness, doubt" is from 1550s; that of "scruple of conscience" is 1640s.
Evidence of a direct path from the Old English to the modern senses is wanting, but it is plausible, via the notion of "fit of sickness." The other suggested etymology, less satisfying, is to take the "fit of uneasiness" sense from Dutch kwalm "steam, vapor, mist" (cognate with German Qualm "smoke, vapor, stupor"), which also might be ultimately from the same Germanic root as quell.