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To save this word, you'll need to log in. Etymologists aren't sure where qualm originated, but they do know it entered English around Originally, it referred to a sudden sick feeling. Robert Louis Stevenson made use of this older sense in Dr. Jekyll and Mr. Hyde : A qualm came over me, a horrid nausea and the most deadly shuddering. Soon after qualm entered the language, it came to designate not only sudden attacks of illness, but also sudden attacks of emotion or principle. In The Sketch Book , for example, Washington Irving wrote, Immediately after one of these fits of extravagance, he will be taken with violent qualms of economy Eventually, qualm took on the specific and now most common meaning of doubt or uneasiness, particularly in not following one's conscience or better judgment.
Incidentally, Rousteing has no qualm s with fast-fashion brands appropriating his designs either. But there is something admirable about what it is doing, and about the fact that it has no qualm s about it. Qualm s about violence versus sex aside, the book is a finely spun tale. Our guide had no qualm s about asking us to sleep closer, and, when we refused, he informed us he hated us. Of course, Mr Kim has no qualm s about organising purges of his own. Yet Jane Clemens must have had qualm s at times—vague, unassembled doubts that troubled her spirit. Florimel who felt the qualm s of hunger drew nigh to it resolved to ask for food. For Pickersdyke it had been a night of pure joy, unspoilt by any qualm s of conscience.