[syn: queasiness, squeamishness, qualm]
The Collaborative International Dictionary of English v.0.48:
Qualm \Qualm\, n. [AS. cwealm death, slaughter, pestilence, akin
to OS. & OHG. qualm. See Quail to cower.]
1. Sickness; disease; pestilence; death. [Obs.]
thousand slain and not of qualm ystorve [dead].
2. A sudden attack of illness, faintness, or pain; an agony.
" Qualms of heartsick agony." --Milton.
3. Especially, a sudden sensation of nausea.
For who, without a qualm, hath ever looked
On holy garbage, though by Homer cooked?
4. A prick or scruple of conscience; uneasiness of
conscience; compunction. --Dryden.
Moby Thesaurus II by Grady Ward, 1.0:
107 Moby Thesaurus words for "qualm":
agitation, airsickness, all-overs, anxiety, apprehension,
apprehensiveness, bashfulness, beef, better self, bitch, boggle,
boggling, boycott, car sickness, challenge, complaint, compunction,
concern, conscience, conscientiousness, conviction, demonstration,
demur, demurral, demurrer, diffidence, disinclination, doubt,
exception, expostulation, falter, faltering, fastidiousness,
foreboding, funny feeling, grievance, grievance committee,
hesitance, hesitancy, hesitation, howl, impatience,
indignation meeting, insecurity, kick, mal de mer, march,
meticulousness, misgiving, mistrust, modesty, motion sickness,
nausea, nervousness, nonviolent protest, objection,
overconscientiousness, overscrupulousness, pang, pangs,
pangs of conscience, pause, perturbation, picketing,
point of honor, presentiment, pricking of heart, protest,
protest demonstration, protestation, punctilio, punctiliousness,
qualm of conscience, qualmishness, qualms, queasiness, rally,
recoil, reluctance, remonstrance, remonstration, scruple, scruples,
scrupulosity, scrupulousness, seasickness, second thought,
shrinking, shyness, sit-in, squawk, squeamishness, stickling,
strike, suspicion, teach-in, throes, touch of conscience, twinge,
twinge of conscience, uncertainty, unease, uneasiness,
unwillingness, voice of conscience, vomiting, worry