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

Definition of distrust

 (Entry 1 of 2)

: the lack or absence of trust


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 Realistically though, any prospective owner who did not have a Minnesota mailing address would encounter a certain level of distrust. Star Tribune, 29 May 2021 In fact, one of the main causes of distrust among customers is too much data collection. Daniel Newman, Forbes, 19 May 2021 Doctors also worried that the lull was a result of distrust after reports that the Johnson & Johnson vaccine may be linked to rare blood clots. Los Angeles Times, 19 May 2021 In some areas, there was a tremendous amount of distrust for the local government. BostonGlobe.com, 8 May 2021 But Matthew Bowman, head of Mormon studies at Claremont Graduate University in Southern California, traces threads of the distrust back even further to Woodrow Wilson’s proposals of an international League of Nations after World War I. The Salt Lake Tribune, 25 Apr. 2021 There’s so much more drama to be mined from the complications being a superhero creates when both parties know about it, and removes the element of distrust from the relationship, giving it a stronger foundation. Oliver Sava, Vulture, 16 Apr. 2021 But the mayor also has acknowledged systemic sources of the distrust between residents and police in his city. Brian Dakss, Alex Sundby, CBS News, 15 Apr. 2021 But the mayor also has acknowledged systemic sources of the distrust between residents and police in his city. Kathleen Hennessey And Mohamed Ibrahim, The Christian Science Monitor, 14 Apr. 2021 Recent Examples on the Web: Verb Some Republicans distrust the government’s role in the development and promotion of the vaccines, polls show. New York Times, 9 June 2021 The lack of understanding creates distrust and reticence around sharing information in the future. Expert Panel®, Forbes, 7 June 2021 But party officials are also contending with constituents who distrust one another and have questioned the election integrity process. Laura Vozzella, Washington Post, 10 May 2021 One reason is minority groups, because of abuses in the past, sometimes distrust the medical system. Brian Gormley, WSJ, 28 Mar. 2021 In fact, 2020 research from The Undefeated and The Kaiser Family Foundation covered in National Geographic (paywall) found that 55% of Black Americans distrust the health care system. Stephane Budel, Forbes, 26 May 2021 Alma Michelson, a pharmacist for Walgreens, helped set up Sunday’s clinic and said many of her fellow Bosnians distrust vaccines. From Usa Today Network And Wire Reports, USA TODAY, 4 May 2021 Opponents of anti-sanctuary bills believe the measures lead to distrust amongst minority communities and law enforcement. Caitlin Mcfall, Fox News, 4 Apr. 2021 Moreover, inadequate access to care and longstanding mistreatment by medical institutions has contributed to distrust of healthcare providers among Black Americans and other non-white groups. Time, 19 Mar. 2021

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First Known Use of distrust


1513, in the meaning defined above


1548, in the meaning defined above

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The first known use of distrust was in 1513

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13 Jun 2021

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“Distrust.” Merriam-Webster.com Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, https://www.merriam-webster.com/dictionary/distrust. Accessed 21 Jun. 2021.

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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



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

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


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


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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