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mistrust

[mis-truhst] /mɪsˈtrʌst/
noun
1.
lack of trust or confidence; distrust.
verb (used with object)
2.
to regard with mistrust, suspicion, or doubt; distrust.
3.
to surmise.
verb (used without object)
4.
to be distrustful.
Origin
1350-1400
1350-1400; Middle English mistrusten (v.), mistrust (noun). See mis-1, trust
Related forms
mistruster, noun
mistrustingly, adverb
self-mistrust, noun
unmistrusted, adjective
unmistrusting, adjective
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  • Most eaters mistrust mealy tomatoes, even if they are flavorful.
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  • But this lack of transparency can breed mistrust-or worse.
  • Of broader concern is, of course, mistrust over industry's access to vast amounts of health data.
  • Unfortunately speculation fuels mistrust and destroys the credibility of science.
  • Her celebration of the public realm was matched by a mistrust of the private realm.
  • Movies' mistrust of capitalism is almost as old as the medium itself.
  • If sharp, wit is apt to produce a feeling of mistrust even while it stimulates.
  • But for some reason, they seem to mistrust those models.
  • The sad fact is, as in all walks of life, some will mistrust the real experts and listen to the siren voices.
British Dictionary definitions for mistrust

mistrust

/ˌmɪsˈtrʌst/
verb
1.
to have doubts or suspicions about (someone or something)
noun
2.
distrust
Derived Forms
mistruster, noun
mistrustful, adjective
mistrustfully, adverb
mistrustfulness, noun
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Word Origin and History for mistrust
n.

late 14c.; see mis- (1) + trust (n.).

v.

late 14c., from mis- (1) + trust (v.). Related: Mistrusted; mistrusting.

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