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distrust

[dis-truhst] /dɪsˈtrʌst/
verb (used with object)
1.
to regard with doubt or suspicion; have no trust in.
noun
2.
lack of trust; doubt; suspicion.
Origin of distrust
1505-1515
1505-15; dis-1 + trust
Related forms
distruster, noun
predistrust, noun, verb (used with object)
Synonyms
2. See suspicion.
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  • She was sure he loved her, and she did not fear his insincerity as much as her own distrust of him.

    The Reef Edith Wharton
  • Crane faced about, and coming forward, held out his hand to the man of distrust.

    Thoroughbreds W. A. Fraser
  • distrust of British intentions filled their minds, and despair took possession of them.

    Freedom's Battle Mahatma Gandhi
  • Something like jealousy and distrust of his friend arose in Vivian's mind: "What!"

  • In truth this unhappy jealousy, this distrust of her husband, appeared to have altered Lady Isabel's very nature.

    East Lynne Mrs. Henry Wood
British Dictionary definitions for distrust

distrust

/dɪsˈtrʌst/
verb
1.
to regard as untrustworthy or dishonest
noun
2.
suspicion; doubt
Derived Forms
distruster, noun
distrustful, adjective
distrustfully, adverb
distrustfulness, noun
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Word Origin and History for distrust

early 15c. (v.); 1510s (n.), from dis- + trust. "The etymologically correct form is mistrust, in which both elements are Teutonic" [Klein]. Related: Distrusted; distrusting; distrustful; distrustfully; distrustfulness.

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