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

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
Recent Examples on the Web: Noun Such was the distrust between these two brothers that when an angry crowd stood outside Mahinda’s government residence in May, some family members suspected Rajapaksa intentionally delayed sending the Army to their rescue. Hafeel Farisz, Washington Post, 13 July 2022 The network, known to cybersecurity experts as Ghostwriter, seemingly aimed to sow distrust between Ukraine and Poland. David Klepper, ajc, 19 May 2022 But historic distrust between the nations also remains over Russia’s invasion of Iran during World War II and refusing to leave afterward. Jon Gambrell, Anchorage Daily News, 11 Mar. 2022 Despite the mutual distrust between the groups, the sit-in phase of the movement, as well as subsequent protest activity, was mostly successful. Paul Delaney, USA TODAY, 16 Jan. 2022 The votes are symbolic of deep distrust between the faculty and the administration. David Jesse, Detroit Free Press, 7 Dec. 2021 The threat of a military coup has dogged the transition for at least 18 months, driven by smoldering distrust between civilian and military leaders. New York Times, 25 Oct. 2021 Michael Penfold, a Venezuelan political analyst, said that Saab's extradition is likely to freeze all attempts to bridge deep distrust between the Maduro government and its opponents. Fox News, 18 Oct. 2021 The University of Virginia Center for Politics and Project Home Fire’s recent surveys of Joe Biden voters and Donald Trump voters revealed a profound distrust between the two camps. Matthew Continetti, National Review, 9 Oct. 2021 Recent Examples on the Web: Verb And as the risk of contagion diminished, those companies that held distrust in their staff’s efficiency while working remotely were quick to reassert their views. Solomon Amar, Forbes, 16 June 2022 While many elves and dwarves distrust each other, the smiths of Eregion and Khazad-dûm (a.k.a. Moria) strike up a friendly alliance, swapping secrets and trading techniques. Christian Holub, EW.com, 14 June 2022 The Edelman survey notes that failure of leadership makes distrust the default. Randy Shattuck, Forbes, 26 Apr. 2022 The allegations roiled the LAPD and illustrated how, despite decades of reform efforts, distrust toward the department in Black and Latino communities remains high. Kevin Rector, Los Angeles Times, 8 Feb. 2022 And if one or more of these aren’t met, should one distrust the algorithm altogether? Arun Shastri, Forbes, 2 Nov. 2021 Rae Duckworth, the leader of Black Lives Matter Utah, said police shootings going uninvestigated internally — and apparent attempts to conceal investigations that do occur — only serves to increase community distrust in police. Sam Stecklow, The Salt Lake Tribune, 25 Apr. 2022 Lee said that Asian American women already confront a number of existing barriers to health care, including language and distrust in their providers. Kimmy Yam, NBC News, 9 May 2022 Their approach to a job that’s supposed to be apolitical is bringing them possible political ruin, staff revolts — and distrust from a public that just wants district attorneys to make life safer for everyone. Los Angeles Times, 27 Feb. 2022 See More

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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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More Definitions for distrust


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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