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  • n. Plural form of qualm.


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  • "The reality is, these become exclusive for the use of dogs to the exclusion of other users," said Parks Board Chairman Terry Holme, who supported the proposal despite what he described as "qualms."

    The Seattle Times

  • I found out early on that the best way to disarm their initial qualms is to make them laugh.

    "The Hollywood Quad" is ready for his close-up

  • It must be remembered that I am dealing with an order of Nature which knows nothing of our shames and qualms, which is not only unconscious of itself but unconscious of anything but its immediate desire; but I am dealing with it to the understanding of a very different order, to whom it is not enough to do a thing which seems good in its own eyes, but requisite also to be sure of the approbation of its fellow-men.

    Lore of Proserpine

  • The piece begins with the editors stating that they have "qualms" with Warren.

    The Washington Post's Demented Take On The Warren Appointment

  • In fact, I fully endorse these long sentences of Tkacik's responding to the more uncertain Kevin Drum, who isn't sure why the threatened bank disclosures don't give him the same "qualms" as the diplomatic cables:

    WikiLeaks Prompts Orgy Of Media Self-Abnegation

  • Even so ardent an admirer of the President as columnist E.J. Dionne, the first to discern an "Obama Doctrine" in foreign policy, confesses to "qualms" about "the relatively short shrift" this doctrine "has so far given to concerns over human rights and democracy."

    The Abandonment of Democracy

  • I had very grave doubts -- "qualms," I think they are called -- and I had read that it was uphill work to get a book published, and swagger through the world as a real live being who had actually written a novel.

    The Idler Magazine, Volume III, March 1893 An Illustrated Monthly

  • WASHINGTON -- If a key government witness against former Rep. William Jefferson has "qualms" about producing mental health records and answering questions "it is the charges that must yield," not Jefferson's "right to defend against them," his attorneys say.


  • People who have moral qualms about premarital sex are also likely to be pro-life on abortion.

    American Grace

  • For a group of people that have no qualms about throwing around epithets like "socialist" and "terrorist" at the Democrats and who have as their de facto leader a radio talk-show host who coined the term "feminazi," the Republicans sure get pissy when someone outside of their cult has the nerve to poke a little fun at one of their blessed icons.

    The Dangers of Snark


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