qualm

Definitions

  • WordNet 3.6
    • n qualm uneasiness about the fitness of an action
    • n qualm a mild state of nausea
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Webster's Revised Unabridged Dictionary
    • Qualm A prick or scruple of conscience; uneasiness of conscience; compunction.
    • Qualm A sudden attack of illness, faintness, or pain; an agony. "Qualms of heartsick agony."
    • Qualm Especially, a sudden sensation of nausea. "For who, without a qualm , hath ever looked
      On holy garbage, though by Homer cooked?"
    • Qualm Sickness; disease; pestilence; death. "thousand slain and not of qualm ystorve [dead]."
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Century Dictionary and Cyclopedia
    • n qualm Illness; disease; pestilence; plague.
    • n qualm A sudden attack of illness; a turn of faintness or suffering; a throe or throb of pain.
    • n qualm Especially, a sudden fit or seizure of sickness at the stomach; a sensation of nausea.
    • n qualm A scruple or twinge of conscience; compunction; uneasiness.
    • n qualm The boding cry of a raven.
    • qualm To be sick; suffer from qualms.
    • qualm To cause pain or qualms.
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Chambers's Twentieth Century Dictionary
    • n Qualm kwäm a sudden attack of illness: a sensation of nausea: a scruple, as of conscience
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Etymology

Webster's Revised Unabridged Dictionary
AS. cwealm, death, slaughter, pestilence, akin to OS. & OHG. qualm,. See Quail to cower
Chambers's Twentieth Century Dictionary
A.S. cwealm, death; Ger. qualm, nausea; Sw. qvalm, a suffocating heat.

Usage

In literature:

I, for my part, am troubled with no such qualms of conscience.
"Mark Hurdlestone" by Susanna Moodie
For the moment Whitey had some qualms about listening, but he soon dismissed them.
"Injun and Whitey to the Rescue" by William S. Hart
If Lopez took him out and had him shot at once he wouldn't have felt a qualm.
"The Bad Man" by Charles Hanson Towne
Seldom did they feel any qualms about these exploits.
"The House of the Combrays" by G. le Notre
Not that I know no kindly feeling, but no qualms of conscience lay their prostrate forms across my path.
"The House of the Vampire" by George Sylvester Viereck
It was, then, only a moral qualm.
"The Bow of Orange Ribbon" by Amelia E. Barr
So may his qualms of conscience cease, And the soul of Dame Alice may rest in peace!
"The Haunted Hour" by Various
But whatever qualms she may have felt, they did not appear in her behaviour.
"The Astonishing History of Troy Town" by Sir Arthur Thomas Quiller-Couch
Marvell never liked the Dutch, and had he lived to see the Revolution must have undergone some qualms.
"Andrew Marvell" by Augustine Birrell
I had no qualms about him.
"Punch, or the London Charivari, Vol. 159, October 6, 1920" by Various
Having drunk his king's peg, he was well fortified against any personal qualms.
"The Adventures of Kathlyn" by Harold MacGrath
She felt a sudden qualm of pain, lest illness and exhaustion had wrought havoc in his frame deeper than she knew.
"The Stolen Singer" by Martha Idell Fletcher Bellinger
A qualm of jealousy, of which she was ashamed, seized her.
"By the Light of the Soul" by Mary E. Wilkins Freeman
And, then, not without a qualm or two, which I should be a liar to deny, I went and stood nearer to them.
"Pieces of Eight" by Richard le Gallienne
Once in a while she wondered, with a qualm of anxiety, if her ring was safe.
"Comfort Pease and her Gold Ring" by Mary E. Wilkins Freeman
It was a while before the son could assuage his qualms and feel himself free to go forward in the prosecution of his desire.
"Boy Woodburn" by Alfred Ollivant
A great qualm of fear shot over Fanny for a second.
"The Portion of Labor" by Mary E. Wilkins Freeman
Morning brought him no qualms or indecisions.
"The Hidden Places" by Bertrand W. Sinclair
Uncle Horace, after a momentary qualm, gave instructions to the head-waiter in the approved manner of a trust magnate.
"One Wonderful Night" by Louis Tracy
Indeed, arriving at the brink, I myself had qualms.
"More Tish" by Mary Roberts Rinehart
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In poetry:

A beggar asked an alms
One day at an abbey-door,
Said Luther; but, seized with qualms,
The abbot replied, ``We're poor!
"The Twins" by Robert Browning
Spirit is willing to repeat
Without a qualm the same old talk,
But Flesh is homesick for our snug
Apartment in New York.
"On the Circuit" by W H Auden
These flute-notes and the Fairy song
Took the dim holts with many a qualm,
And eke their silver bridles rung
A far-off psalm.
"“The Fairy Rade”" by Madison Julius Cawein
No mere male deity can shake
Their stolid and celestial calm.
Saturn nor Jupiter can wake
Their fear or cause the slightest qualm.
"Cherchez La Femme" by C J Dennis
``And what if I—forgive your guest
Who feels, so frankly speaks, his qualm—
Though calm amid the world's unrest,
Should restless be amid your calm?
"At The Gate Of The Convent" by Alfred Austin
Fain would I, dear, find some shut plot
Of earth's wide wold for thee, where not
One tear, one qualm,
Should break the calm.
But I am weak as thou and bare;
No man can change the common lot to rare.
"To An Unborn Pauper Child" by Thomas Hardy

In news:

We always knew Birdman has no qualms about blowing cash on his rides, but his most recent purchase takes things to the next level: a 700 horsepower Maybach coupe called the Exelero that apparently goes for around $8 million.
BALTIMORE (CNS)—Nineteen-month-old Mason Shaffer has no qualms about somersaulting off a couch in his family's Pennsylvania home.
No qualms about '09 cakewalk.
Recent events have given voice to social-conservative qualms over birth control use.
The most striking thing about last Tuesday's debate over the future of the Hennepin Avenue theater district was that a majority of the Minneapolis City Council had no qualms about getting in bed with Clear Channel Entertainment.
Charlize Theron has no qualms about taking her clothes off -- for the right role, that is.
I have no qualms with that.
"And I have no qualms matching our truck diesels against those of any competitor for performance and durability.".
In past elections, most presidential candidates, Democrats and Republicans, had no qualms with invoking God on the campaign trail.
New Orleans Saints interim coach Joe Vitt has no qualms taking responsibility for team's failures.
A Rotorua woman who claims she was kidnapped and raped by two men who offered her a ride had no qualms about getting into cars with strange men, a court has been told.
McClellan doesn't have a criminal record, however many people feel that the resources he makes available on his website can be used by other pedophiles who have no qualms about stepping over the line.
6-5 vote reflects qualms about stifling free spirits.
Qualms over crosses' 'massive size'.
The Rams had no qualms when they released kicker Josh Brown in April shortly after selecting kicker Greg Zuerlein in the sixth round of the draft.
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In science:

As such, we do not have any qualms as of yet about nonlocality in quantum theory.
Relationalism vs. Bayesianism
Lusin observed that his representation theorem may help one to believe, in spite of possible qualms about generalized inductive definitions, that, after all, the collection of all positively Borel subsets of N is a set, see , pp. 38-39.
Analytic, co-analytic and projective sets from Brouwer's intuitionistic perspective
The discussion demonstrates that the decision-theoretic framing has a lot more affinity with the Bayesian perspective than it seems at first sight, and some of Fisher’s qualms are well-grounded.
Why the Decision Theoretic Perspective Misrepresents Frequentist Inference: 'Nuts and Bolts' vs. Learning from Data
The fact that a condensate can be described by a classical wave equation with a nonlinear term has also led to other qualms that a polariton BEC is no different from a coherent classical optical system.
Polariton Condensation and Lasing
One might have some qualms about the carefree iǫ manipulations, and we indicate how to arrive at Eq by straightforward application of our more conventional formulas.
Classical Radiation of a Finite Number of Photons
Dunning-Davies, Qualms regarding "Superstatistics" by C.
First-Passage Time: A Conception Leading to Superstatistics. II. Continuous Distributions and their Applications
Lavenda, Qualms regarding "Dynamical Foundations of Nonextensive Statistical Mechanics" by C.
First-Passage Time: A Conception Leading to Superstatistics. II. Continuous Distributions and their Applications
It certainly isn’t, as Bell amazingly proved, its own local hidden variable completion (although Bell acknowledged that one might easily have qualms with his definition of locality ).
Weak Values and Relational Generalisations
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