qualm /ˈkwɑm ||ˈkwɔm ||ˈkwɑlm/
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.”
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.
n 1: uneasiness about the fitness of an action [syn: scruple, misgiving]
2: a mild state of nausea [syn: queasiness, squeamishness]