: a feeling of uneasiness about a point especially of conscience or propriety
- had no qualms about asking for their help
- It was about an enduring secular world where people did unspeakable things, seemingly without qualm and without any grave consequences to themselves.
- —Jim Holt
: a sudden feeling of usually disturbing emotion (such as doubt or fear)
- I had a qualm of absolute horror, and shuddered; and then the emotion was immediately repressed or suppressed.
- —Oliver Sacks
: a sudden attack of illness, faintness, or nausea
- The doctor seemed seized with a qualm of faintness.
- —Robert Louis Stevenson
\ˈkwä-mē also ˈkwȯ- or ˈkwäl-\