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

If a prenup comes from a place of fear, anxiety, or distrust, then it will be experienced as a tense and negative component of the relationship. Hannah Hickok, Glamour, "I Got a Prenup—but It Wasn't to Protect My Money," 27 Nov. 2018 Twenty-two of the 28 countries expressed distrust in media, and in the U.S., the public's trust in media sources dropped 5 percent from 2017. CBS News, "People trust platforms less, trust journalism more, study says," 21 Jan. 2018 That population is so traumatized that everything for them is viewed through the lens of distrust of authority, physical insecurity, and the inability of the world to protect them. Julia Belluz, Vox, "Why the Ebola outbreak in DRC is so difficult to contain," 2 Dec. 2018 Frustration, distrust and political maneuvering are starting to erode agreement on the Florida Legislature’s response to the shooting at Marjory Stoneman Douglas High School. Mary Ellen Klas, miamiherald, "Were Parkland families used or helped? Distrust grows over gun legislation | Miami Herald," 28 Feb. 2018 In victim impact statements, friends and family spoke of a lack of sleep, increased drinking, and distrust of others since the murders. Rob Gillies, The Seattle Times, "Canada prosecutor: Serial killer staged photos of victims," 5 Feb. 2019 But Rhode Island has had a rough 21st century, which has fostered a lot of discontent and distrust among the electorate and lent itself to unpredictable outcomes. Dylan Scott, Vox, "Rhode Island Gov. Gina Raimondo should be a shoe-in for reelection. But she’s not.," 11 Sep. 2018 Watergate had instilled a new cynicism in the electorate, and distrust of the political system was reaching previously unimaginable levels. Steve Kornacki, NBC News, "Is there a peanut farmer from Plains in the field of 2020 Democrats?," 18 Feb. 2018 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

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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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 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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