- quality point,
- quality point average,
- quality time,
Origin of qualm
Examples from the Web for qualm
Loewen proved to have one qualm that showed he was not a total monster.Terry Lee Loewen, the Mellow Kansas Man Who Dreamed of Jihad|Michael Daly|December 16, 2013|DAILY BEAST
Yet I admit to feeling a qualm when I hear this phrase, "moral defense."
He can look into my dead eyes and threaten this—without a quiver—without a qualm!The Ghetto|Herman Heijermans
At any rate he was able to produce this sentence without a qualm.The Wife of Sir Isaac Harman|H. G. (Herbert George) Wells
Qualm and pang came upon him as part of the situation, almost as his deserts.Denis Dent|Ernest W. Hornung
As for such weakness as a qualm of conscience, Pignaver was as far above such childishness as the Bravi themselves.Stradella|F(rancis) Marion Crawford
"I didn't suppose I was quite so poor an impostor," I said apologetically, with a qualm at the word.Blindfolded|Earle Ashley Walcott
Word Origin for qualm
Old English cwealm (West Saxon) "death, murder, slaughter; disaster; plague; torment," utcualm (Anglian) "utter destruction," probably related to cwellan "to kill, murder, execute," cwelan "to die" (see quell). Sense softened to "feeling of faintness" 1520s; figurative meaning "uneasiness, doubt" is from 1550s; that of "scruple of conscience" is 1640s.
Evidence of a direct path from the Old English to the modern senses is wanting, but it is plausible, via the notion of "fit of sickness." The other suggested etymology, less satisfying, is to take the "fit of uneasiness" sense from Dutch kwalm "steam, vapor, mist" (cognate with German Qualm "smoke, vapor, stupor"), which also might be ultimately from the same Germanic root as quell.