Qualm Qualm, n. [AS. cwealm death, slaughter, pestilence, akin to OS. & OHG. qualm. See {Quail} to cower.] 1. Sickness; disease; pestilence; death. [Obs.] [1913 Webster]

thousand slain and not of qualm ystorve [dead]. --Chaucer. [1913 Webster]

2. A sudden attack of illness, faintness, or pain; an agony. `` Qualms of heartsick agony.'' --Milton. [1913 Webster]

3. Especially, a sudden sensation of nausea. [1913 Webster]

For who, without a qualm, hath ever looked On holy garbage, though by Homer cooked? --Roscommon. [1913 Webster]

4. A prick or scruple of conscience; uneasiness of conscience; compunction. --Dryden. [1913 Webster]

The Collaborative International Dictionary of English. 2000.

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