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Meaning of QUALM

Pronunciation:  kwâm

 
WordNet Dictionary
 
 Definition: 
  1. [n]  uneasiness about the fitness of an action
  2. [n]  a mild state of nausea
 

QUALM is a 5 letter word that starts with Q.

 

 Synonyms: misgiving, queasiness, scruple, squeamishness
 
 See Also: anxiety, nausea, sickness

 

 

Webster's 1913 Dictionary
 
 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.

 

 

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