Definition of Qualm

1. Noun. Uneasiness about the fitness of an action.

Exact synonyms: Misgiving, Scruple
Generic synonyms: Anxiety
Derivative terms: Misgive, Scruple, Scruple, Scruple, Scrupulous

2. Noun. A mild state of nausea.
Exact synonyms: Queasiness, Squeamishness
Generic synonyms: Nausea, Sickness
Derivative terms: Queasy, Squeamish

Definition of Qualm

1. n. Sickness; disease; pestilence; death.

Definition of Qualm

1. Noun. A sudden feeling of apprehension, doubt, fear etc. (defdate from 16th c.) ¹

2. Noun. A sudden sickly feeling; queasiness. (defdate from 16th c.) ¹

3. Noun. A prick of the conscience; a moral scruple, a pang of guilt. (Now chiefly in negative constructions.) (defdate from 17th c.) ¹

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Definition of Qualm

1. a feeling of doubt or misgiving [n -S]

Medical Definition of Qualm

1. 1. Sickness; disease; pestilence; death. " thousand slain and not of qualm ystorve [dead]" (Chaucer) 2. A sudden attack of illness, faintness, or pain; an agony. " Qualms of heartsick agony." 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. Origin: AS. Cwealm death, slaughter, pestilence, akin to OS. & OHG. Qualm. See Quail to cower. Source: Websters Dictionary (01 Mar 1998)

Lexicographical Neighbors of Qualm

quality-adjusted life year
quality-adjusted life years
quality adjusted life year
quality circle
quality control
quality control chart
quality factor
quality magazine
quality of health care
quality of life
quality time
qualm (current term)

Literary usage of Qualm

Below you will find example usage of this term as found in modern and/or classical literature:

1. A Concise Etymological Dictionary of the English Language by Walter William Skeat (1901)
"qualm. (E.) ME qualm, usually 'a pestilence. ... + O. Sax. qualm, destruction, death; OHG qualm, destruction. [Perhaps not the same word as Du. ..."

2. Homerica, Emendations and Elucidations of the Odyssey by Thomas Leyden Agar (1908)
"... without a qualm. An avoidable elision of -at generally disappeared. Even in the line just mentioned :— E 833 ..."

3. Allen's Synonyms and Antonyms by Frederic Sturges Allen (1920)
"1. disgust (contextual), sickness (rare in this restricted sense); spec, qualm, seasickness, queasiness. S. See DISGUST, ABHORRENCE, AVERSION. nauseate, ..."

4. The History of Japan: Together with a Description of the Kingdom of Siam by Engelbert Kaempfer (1906)
"They are exported all over the Empire, fresh and pickel'd. The FIG. 51. Ika, a common sea-qualm according to the Chinese. take some in the Lake of Saifa, ..."

5. The Eternal City by Hall Caine (1902)
"she began, and then looking beyond Elena and seeing him, where he stood above the sleeping child, a qualm of faintness seemed to seize her, ..."

6. The Eternal City by Hall Caine (1902)
"she began, and then looking beyond Elena and seeing him, where he stood above the sleeping child, a qualm of faintness seemed to seize her, and she closed ..."

7. Outing (1892)
"The tables were turned and Nevers proceeded to compound his fearful "combination" punch to bring confusion upon tfie hated sophomores without a qualm. ..."

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