Adjective "qualms" definition and examples

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Definitions and examples


An uneasy feeling of doubt, worry, or fear, especially about one's own conduct; a misgiving.
  1. 'Fans of this show should have no qualms about picking this one up because of the mostly solid transfers.'
  2. 'But when I see cats prowling on my property, I have no qualms about dousing them with water.'
  3. 'Entrepreneurs have no qualms about destroying traditional ways of life if they can make a profit.'
  4. 'She was a vegetarian but seemed to have no qualms about the goats being killed for food for other people.'
  5. 'When it comes to salary, many business owners have no qualms about paying themselves a hefty amount.'
  6. 'The advertising companies, currently employed by the parties, have no qualms about emotional manipulation.'
  7. 'Avex officials say young people have no qualms about copying and distributing music.'
  8. 'Politicians who have no qualms about lying believe that politics is the highest form of skulduggery.'
  9. 'And these days it is not just a partner - legal firms have no qualms about poaching entire teams.'
  10. 'The legal age of consent is a curious weapon in the hands of those who would otherwise have no qualms about child marriage.'
  11. 'You have the usual momentary qualm in your belly and a bursting sensation in the ears, but not much sensation of movement till you get near the bottom, when the cage slows down so abruptly that you could swear it is going upwards again.'
  12. '‘I had a momentary qualm when I was told that the plane was something called a Yak, but it delivered me in time to review the papers on Today’.'
  13. 'He was suddenly surprised to experience a sudden qualm of deep and genuine regret.'

More definitions

1. an uneasy feeling or pang of conscience as to conduct; compunction: He has no qualms about lying.

2. a sudden feeling of apprehensive uneasiness; misgiving: a sudden qualm about the success of the venture.

3. a sudden sensation or onset of faintness or illness, especially of nausea.

More examples(as adjective)

"rights can be qualms."

"nos can be qualms."

"livings can be qualms."


(qualm)Early 16th century (in the sense ‘momentary sick feeling’): perhaps related to Old English cw(e)alm ‘pain’, of Germanic origin.