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1mistrust

noun mis·trust \ˌmis-ˈtrəst\

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

Full Definition of MISTRUST

:  a lack of confidence :  distrust
mis·trust·ful \-fəl\ adjective
mis·trust·ful·ly \-fə-lē\ adverb
mis·trust·ful·ness noun
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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>

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>.

2mistrust

verb

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

Full Definition of MISTRUST

transitive verb
1
:  to have no trust or confidence in :  suspect <mistrusted his neighbors>
2
:  to doubt the truth, validity, or effectiveness of <mistrusted his own judgment>
3
:  surmise <your mind mistrusted there was something wrong — Robert Frost>
intransitive verb
:  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>

First Known Use of MISTRUST

14th century

Related to MISTRUST

MISTRUSTING Defined for Kids

1mistrust

noun mis·trust \mis-ˈtrəst\

Definition of MISTRUST for Kids

:  1distrust

2mistrust

verb
mis·trust·edmis·trust·ing

Definition of MISTRUST for Kids

2
:  to lack confidence in <They mistrust your abilities.>

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