(?), n. [AS. cwealm death, slaughter, pestilence, akin to OS. & OHG. qualm. See Quail to cower.] 1. Sickness; disease; pestilence; death. [Obs.]
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thousand slain and not of qualm ystorve [dead].
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2. A sudden attack of illness, faintness, or pain; an agony. " Qualms of heartsick agony." Milton.
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3. Especially, a sudden sensation of nausea.
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For who, without a qualm, hath ever looked
On holy garbage, though by Homer cooked?
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4. A prick or scruple of conscience; uneasiness of conscience; compunction. Dryden.
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