Definition of qualm in English:


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Pronunciation: /kwɑːm
, kwɔːm


1An uneasy feeling of doubt, worry, or fear, especially about one’s own conduct; a misgiving: military regimes generally have no qualms about controlling the press
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  • The advertising companies, currently employed by the parties, have no qualms about emotional manipulation.
  • Its Sunday so I have no qualms about posting a slow boring post, if you're reading this today then you're probably bored too.
  • Avex officials say young people have no qualms about copying and distributing music.
misgiving, doubt, reservation, second thought, worry, concern, anxiety; (qualms)hesitation, hesitance, hesitancy, demur, reluctance, disinclination, apprehension, trepidation, disquiet, disquietude, unease, uneasinessscruple, pang of conscience, twinge of conscience/remorse; (qualms)compunction, remorse
1.1 archaic A momentary faint or sick feeling.
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  • ‘I had a momentary qualm when I was told that the plane was something called a Yak, but it delivered me in time to review the papers on Today’.
  • He was suddenly surprised to experience a sudden qualm of deep and genuine regret.
  • There are many people who do many right things under the influence of sickness, affliction, death in the family, public calamities or a sudden qualm of conscience.


early 16th century (in the sense 'momentary sick feeling'): perhaps related to Old English cw(e)alm 'pain', of Germanic origin.



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  • I was qualmish on Saturday, and for a minute sick, but pretty comfortable on Sunday, though wearied by the constant pitching and rolling.
  • During this ascent Mr. Glaisher's hands became quite blue, and he experienced a qualmish sensation in the brain and stomach, resembling the approach of sea-sickness.
  • He had not been seated ten minutes before Dick Blatchford drifted in, smoking a black cigar that gave Keith a slight qualmish feeling.

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