qualm

I
(New American Roget's College Thesaurus)
n. twinge, pang, throe; misgiving, compunction, uneasiness, remorse. See fear, penitence.
II
(Roget's IV) n.
1. [Doubt]
Syn. scruple, misgiving, doubt, compunction, reservation, uneasiness, apprehension, hesitation, hesitancy, indecision, pang, twinge, twinge of conscience, equivocalness, second thought, funny feeling*; see also doubt 2 .
2. [Nausea]
Syn. faintness, dizziness, queasiness; see illness 1 .
Syn.- qualm implies a painful feeling of uneasiness arising from a consciousness that one is or may be acting wrongly [ I had qualms about leaving the children alone in the house ] ; scruple implies doubt or hesitation arising from difficulty in deciding what is right, proper, just, etc. [ to break a promise without scruple] ; compunction implies a twinge of conscience for wrongdoing, now often for a slight offense [ to have no compunctions about telling a white lie ] ; misgiving implies a disturbed state of mind resulting from a loss of confidence as to whether one is doing what is right [misgivings of conscience ]
III
(Roget's 3 Superthesaurus) n.
uneasiness, misgiving, doubt, twinge, anxiety, sick feeling, uncertainty, pang, apprehension, compunction, scruple.
IV
(Roget's Thesaurus II) noun A feeling of uncertainty about the fitness or correctness of an action: compunction, misgiving, reservation, scruple. See CERTAIN.

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Synonyms:
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  • Qualm — Sm std. (16. Jh., twalm 8. Jh.) Stammwort. Übernommen aus dem Niederdeutschen. Die nächstliegende Erklärung ist ein Anschluß an quellen, also das Hervorquellende ; es ist aber zu beachten, daß Wörter dieser Bedeutung in den indogermanischen… …   Etymologisches Wörterbuch der deutschen sprache

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