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[dis-truhst] /dɪsˈtrʌst/
verb (used with object)
to regard with doubt or suspicion; have no trust in.
lack of trust; doubt; suspicion.
Origin of distrust
1505-15; dis-1 + trust
Related forms
distruster, noun
predistrust, noun, verb (used with object)
2. See suspicion. Unabridged
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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
  • Meanwhile he would cultivate the relative and distrust the absolute.

  • distrust of British intentions filled their minds, and despair took possession of them.

    Freedom's Battle Mahatma Gandhi
  • I know that—that—you are not rich, that you distrust yourself, that——'

    Robert Elsmere Mrs. Humphry Ward
  • 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


to regard as untrustworthy or dishonest
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.

Online Etymology Dictionary, © 2010 Douglas Harper
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