Monday, March 18, 2013
qualm noun [kwahm, kwawm] an uneasy feeling or pang of conscience as to conduct; compunction: He has no qualms about lying.
Definitions for qualm
- an uneasy feeling or pang of conscience as to conduct; compunction: He has no qualms about lying.
- a sudden feeling of apprehensive uneasiness; misgiving: a sudden qualm about the success of the venture.
- a sudden sensation or onset of faintness or illness, especially of nausea.
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Citations for qualm
A soft qualm, regret, flowed down his backbone, increasing.
“Uh nuh nuh nuh,” Bosco told her, wagging a finger as if she'd spoken this rogue qualm aloud.
Origin of qualm
The etymology of qualm is uncertain. It may come from the Old English cwealm, which means "torment," "pain," and "injury," but scholars believe there is not enough evidence to assume a direct connection between these terms.