distrust

noun
dis·​trust | \(ˌ)dis-ˈtrəst \

Definition of distrust 

(Entry 1 of 2)

: the lack or absence of trust

distrust

verb

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

Sri Lanka’s long civil war left deep scars and distrust between the two groups that the country is still struggling to address. Uditha Jayasinghe And Eric Bellman, WSJ, "Sri Lankan Politicians Clash Over New Premier," 28 Oct. 2018 There’s a lot of parental distrust in this movie, and rightfully so. Cady Drell, Marie Claire, "The Best '80s Horror Movies That Are Still Terrifying Today," 23 Oct. 2018 The two then meet Wichita (Emma Stone) and her sister Little Rock (Abigail Breslin), and despite their initial distrust of one another, end up going to California to Pacific Playland in Los Angeles, which is supposedly free of the undead. Andrew Liptak, The Verge, "Zombieland 2 is officially happening," 14 July 2018 This is a small example, but a telling one: In the past, Ibrahimovic’s distrust of the news media spread to his teammates. Rory Smith, New York Times, "By His Absence, Zlatan Ibrahimovic Makes Sweden Stronger at the World Cup," 3 July 2018 Selling distrust Critics say capitalism erodes institutions and relationships. Turns out, working in sales might. Kevin Lewis, BostonGlobe.com, "Selling distrust," 11 May 2018 Still, leaving aside the distrust citizens have over camera operation, even the actual system in place drew heavy criticism. Dan Sweeney, Sun-Sentinel.com, "Stoplight cameras are the law of the land, and readers are seeing red," 8 May 2018 This interpretation could be supported by such evidence as the fondness of Republicans for birtherism, their distrust of climate science, and so on. Jonathan Chait, Daily Intelligencer, "The GOP’s Never-Trumpers Are Really Just Never-Democrats," 15 Apr. 2018 School board member Raaheela Ahmed, another member of the minority bloc, said the pay raises add to community distrust and perceptions of favoritism. Washington Post, "Improper pay raises documented for four in Prince George’s school system," 16 Mar. 2018

Recent Examples on the Web: Verb

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 Not surprisingly, many intersex people distrust the medical community. Asher Fogle, Good Housekeeping, "Falling in Between: Inside the Lives of Intersex Women," 21 Oct. 2016 Zimmer had been a longtime teacher and distrusted evaluations based on standardized test scores. Howard Blume, latimes.com, "Group finds teachers at L.A.'s lowest-performing schools don't often get evaluated — and when they do, almost all do well," 26 June 2018 Hayden’s narrative is filled with accolades for media institutions and figures distrusted by large numbers of Americans. Matthew Continetti, New York Times, "Former C.I.A. Head Michael Hayden Warns of an ‘Assault on Intelligence’," 3 May 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, "EPA Administrator Scott Pruitt joins the very long list of high-profile White House departures," 5 July 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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More Definitions for distrust

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 \

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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