distrust

noun
dis·​trust | \ (ˌ)dis-ˈtrəst How to pronounce distrust (audio) \

Definition of distrust

 (Entry 1 of 2)

: the lack or absence of trust

distrust

verb
distrusted; distrusting; distrusts

Definition of distrust (Entry 2 of 2)

transitive verb

: to have no trust or confidence in

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Examples of distrust in a Sentence

Noun

He has a distrust of doctors. the psychic's bold claims were greeted with distrust and outright scorn

Verb

She's always distrusted their promises. we instinctively distrust those phone calls that tell us we have won a free vacation or car
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Recent Examples on the Web: Noun

There is a distrust of transgender people particularly among the conservative religious right. Vogue, "Teddy Quinlivan: Why I’m Standing Up Against Trump’s Anti-Trans Agenda," 26 Oct. 2018 Some cryptologists have a lingering distrust of NIST, says Bryan Ford, a computer scientist at the Swiss Federal Institute of Technology in Lausanne. Sophia Chen, Science | AAAS, "Why are countries creating public random number generators?," 28 June 2018 Viewed through the lens of history, there's way more to it than hillbillies with shotguns, long beards, and a distrust for government revenuers. Alan Ashe, CNN, "It's National Moonshine Day. We answer your questions," 7 June 2018 The 59-year-old Swedish widower with a deep-seated distrust of technology and a passion for enforcing the rules at his residential community was a crank, yes, but a world-class crank. Chicago Tribune, chicagotribune.com, "Best bets at Printers Row Lit Fest," 23 May 2018 Trump has often eyed his fellow Republicans in Congress — and especially in the Senate — with a certain distrust, but that has not been the case between him and Paul. Nash Jenkins, Time, "Does Rand Paul's Playbook Work?," 25 Apr. 2018 That includes an argument in favor of an aggressive and adversarial press, as well as a fairly glaring distrust of government. Mike Scott, NOLA.com, "'Isle of Dogs' movie review: Why Wes Anderson's latest might be his best yet," 4 Apr. 2018 In the case of Wilson’s death, the distrust led to protests. German Lopez, Vox, "Anne Hathaway’s thoughts on Nia Wilson’s murder are really worth reading," 26 July 2018 So acknowledge the amygdalar distrust that differences evoke. Leslie Henderson, Scientific American, "Why Our Brains See the World as "Us" versus "Them"," 22 June 2018

Recent Examples on the Web: Verb

That may be why voters now distrust mainstream parties that have argued about migration for decades without effectively addressing it. The Editorial Board, WSJ, "A Swedish Shake-Up," 5 Sep. 2018 Approval for the president and parliament are low, and many distrust the motives of political leaders and law enforcers in Ukraine who are widely reviled as corrupt and ineffective. James Marson, WSJ, "Soldier, Patriot, Hero, Traitor? The Strange Saga of Nadiya Savchenko," 24 Aug. 2018 The social network has given people reasons to distrust the company over and over and over again these past 18 months. Kurt Wagner, Recode, "How far will Facebook fall today?," 26 July 2018 Hagin, who announced plans to depart in June, helped plan Trump’s Singapore summit, and somehow lasted more than a year, though he was reportedly distrusted by Trump loyalists because of his ties to the Bush family. Emily Stewart, Vox, "Jennifer Arangio, National Security Council official, joins the very long list of White House departures," 14 July 2018 Meanwhile, Democrats distrust the president and dearly hope to usher him out of office as soon as possible. Andrew Prokop, Vox, "Trump’s free ride from Congress just ended," 7 Nov. 2018 The other novel is Jason Reynolds and Brendan Kiely’s All American Boys, which centers around a teenage boy who distrusts police after he is wrongly accused of stealing and beaten up by an officer. Breanna Edwards, The Root, "South Carolina Police Union Whines About Police Brutality Novel The Hate U Give Being on A School's Summer Reading List," 4 July 2018 But the task force did not make recommendations about how to solve the district's biggest problems, and Beutner has yet to state specific plans — which has stoked the anxiety of those who distrust him. Howard Blume, latimes.com, "For new L.A. schools chief Austin Beutner, some key unions are giving no honeymoon period," 24 May 2018 And that makes people distrust the police and justice system. German Lopez, Vox, "There’s a nearly 40 percent chance you’ll get away with murder in America," 24 Sep. 2018

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First Known Use of distrust

Noun

1513, in the meaning defined above

Verb

1548, in the meaning defined above

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The first known use of distrust was in 1513

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distrust

noun

English Language Learners Definition of distrust

 (Entry 1 of 2)

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

distrust

verb

English Language Learners Definition of distrust (Entry 2 of 2)

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

distrust

noun
dis·​trust | \ dis-ˈtrəst How to pronounce distrust (audio) \

Kids Definition of distrust

 (Entry 1 of 2)

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

Other Words from distrust

distrustful adjective

distrust

verb
distrusted; distrusting

Kids Definition of distrust (Entry 2 of 2)

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

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