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Definition of "qualm" []

  • A sudden feeling of sickness, faintness, or nausea. (noun)
  • A sudden disturbing feeling: qualms of homesickness. (noun)
  • An uneasy feeling about the propriety or rightness of a course of action. (noun)

American Heritage(R) Dictionary of the English Language, Fifth Edition. Copyright (c) 2011 by Houghton Mifflin Harcourt Publishing Company. Published by Houghton Mifflin Harcourt Publishing Company. All rights reserved.

Use "qualm" in a sentence
  • "My only qualm is that you have a punctuation error in the first sentence – an error guaranteed to make an editor think twice about reading on."
  • "My only qualm is that Angel didn't use a celebrity participant like Ray Nagin, just in case some strange complication occurred with the trick."
  • "It has to be one of the most personable documentaries I have ever seen and my only qualm is that I wish that there were some way to find out how they have progressed since the surgery."