Qualm (?), n. [AS. cwealm death, slaughter, pestilence, akin to OS. & OHG. qualm. See Quail to cower.]
Sickness; disease; pestilence; death.
thousand slain and not of qualm ystorve [dead].
A sudden attack of illness, faintness, or pain; an agony.
of heartsick agony."
Especially, a sudden sensation of nausea.
For who, without a qualm, hath ever looked
On holy garbage, though by Homer cooked?
A prick or scruple of conscience; uneasiness of conscience; compunction.
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