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noun mis·trust \ˌmis-ˈtrəst\

Simple Definition of mistrust

  • : lack of trust or confidence : a feeling that someone is not honest and cannot be trusted

Full Definition of mistrust

  1. :  a lack of confidence :  distrust

mis·trust·ful play \-fəl\ adjective
mis·trust·ful·ly play \-fə-lē\ adverb
mis·trust·ful·ness noun

Examples of mistrust

  1. She has a strong mistrust of politicians.

  2. <had an unfortunate mistrust of doctors, so her medical condition was allowed to worsen>

14th Century

First Known Use of mistrust

14th century

Synonym Discussion of mistrust

uncertainty, doubt, dubiety, skepticism, suspicion, mistrust mean lack of sureness about someone or something. uncertainty may range from a falling short of certainty to an almost complete lack of conviction or knowledge especially about an outcome or result <assumed the role of manager without hesitation or uncertainty>. doubt suggests both uncertainty and inability to make a decision <plagued by doubts as to what to do>. dubiety stresses a wavering between conclusions <felt some dubiety about its practicality>. skepticism implies unwillingness to believe without conclusive evidence <an economic forecast greeted with skepticism>. suspicion stresses lack of faith in the truth, reality, fairness, or reliability of something or someone <regarded the stranger with suspicion>. mistrust implies a genuine doubt based upon suspicion <had a great mistrust of doctors>.



verb mis·trust

Simple Definition of mistrust

  • : to have no trust or confidence in (someone or something)

Full Definition of mistrust

  1. transitive verb
  2. 1 :  to have no trust or confidence in :  suspect <mistrusted his neighbors>

  3. 2 :  to doubt the truth, validity, or effectiveness of <mistrusted his own judgment>

  4. 3 :  surmise <your mind mistrusted there was something wrong — Robert Frost>

  5. intransitive verb
  6. :  to be suspicious

Examples of mistrust

  1. I was starting to mistrust my own judgment.

  2. <a recluse who mistrusts her neighbors and stays in her house all day>

14th Century

First Known Use of mistrust

14th century

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