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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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  • There can be no doubt that distrust of words is less harmful than unwarranted trust in them.
  • Historically there has been an element of distrust between turtle ecologists and hobbyists.
  • But these and other agreements languish as mutual distrust continues.
  • It is a cause of distrust and potentially another round of debilitating argument.
  • If you distrust the motivation for the recorder, and are tenured, ask.
  • The university is a ground of distrust and cynicism.
  • We were cautiously optimistic, but past experience had trained us to distrust such feelings.
  • distrust public statements issued from their serried ranks.
  • She hasn't done anything from this thread that demonstrates a reason to distrust her.
  • By then, the public's distrust of electricity had diminished.
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.

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