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distrust

noun dis·trust \ (ˌ)dis-ˈtrəst \
|Updated on: 13 Aug 2018

Definition of distrust

: the lack or absence of trust

Examples of distrust in a Sentence

  1. He has a distrust of doctors.

  2. the psychic's bold claims were greeted with distrust and outright scorn

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First Known Use of distrust

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distrust

verb

Definition of distrust

: to have no trust or confidence in

Examples of distrust in a Sentence

  1. She's always distrusted their promises.

  2. we instinctively distrust those phone calls that tell us we have won a free vacation or car

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First Known Use of distrust

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DISTRUST Defined for English Language Learners

distrust

Definition of distrust for English Language Learners

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


distrust

Definition of distrust for English Language Learners

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


DISTRUST Defined for Kids

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distrust

noun dis·trust \ dis-ˈtrəst \

Definition of distrust for Students

: a lack of belief or confidence in : suspicion
  • The enemies eyed each other with distrust.

distrustful

adjective

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distrust

verb

Definition of distrust for Students

distrusted; distrusting
: to have no belief or confidence in
  • I distrust the ad's claims.


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