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  • n. The quality of being squeamish

from The Century Dictionary and Cyclopedia

  • n. The state or quality of being squeamish; excessive niceness or daintiness; fastidiousness; excessive scrupulousness.

from WordNet 3.0 Copyright 2006 by Princeton University. All rights reserved.

  • n. a mild state of nausea
  • n. the trait of being excessively fastidious and easily shocked


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  • God willing, she thought, Sara would never get over what she called squeamishness; humanity needed far more of that type than it did Inquisitors, or even regular Enforcement troopers.

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  • The first time I talked with Murger, and every subsequent conversation I had with him, brought up money incessantly, in every tone, in every form; and when, having become more familiar with what he called my squeamishness, he talked more frankly to me, I saw that he required to support him a sum of money three times greater than the annual income of which a whole family of office-holders in the country, or even in Paris, live with ease.

    The Atlantic Monthly, Volume 14, No. 83, September, 1864

  • I'm reading it now myself and have had the same reaction to the earlier reviews I read: "sickeningly provincial squeamishness" is about right.

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  • One thing that I don't think has been mentioned in regards to the squeamishness is that respect for the animal is a good lead-in to eating ALL of it.

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  • I can understand a kind of squeamishness about strong emotions -- fear, grief, anger -- that one doesn't necessarily want to indulge (although in that case you probably shouldn't be reading the kind of fiction you know is going to give rise to such emotions), but that reading a work of fiction might make one squeamish about one's beliefs seems a very large leap, even, as explicated, incoherent.

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  • That there's a profile of Mr. Jorden in Opera News says a lot about the magazine — current editor Paul Driscoll doesn't suffer from what Mr. Kellow calls "squeamishness" about some controversy — as well as the hipper, more technophilic and media-friendly environment of the Met under its current general manager, Peter Gelb.

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  • Or we could simply quote faithfully and say "the Lord" with no complex and "squeamishness" a difficult word for me to spell and even worse to remember, arggh...

    Philocrites: This week at Our theological center.

  • It seems oversubtle to charge me with "squeamishness" when I have admitted to finding Miss Blais's horror stories "ludicrous."

    Exorcising Demons

  • That there was a good deal of "squeamishness" felt at the idea of being captured, cannot be doubted.

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  • Casey said that the Government must overcome its "squeamishness" about publishing information about what happens to criminals when they are prosecuted, to improve confidence in the courts.

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