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

Such divisions could shift a team’s focus from winning to what the researchers called task-irrelevant cues, like competition and distrust between isolated subgroups, as well as restricted communication of actionable information and advice. Ben Reiter, SI.com, "Why Carlos Beltrán Was the Perfect Addition to Aid the Astros' Journey to the World Series," 9 July 2018 As Leonard’s rehab continued with no clear path to a return in 2017-18, distrust between his advisers and the Spurs intensified. Jeff Mcdonald, San Antonio Express-News, "Spurs aim to hang onto Leonard — for now," 22 June 2018 As a veteran of the George W. Bush administration, she was viewed with distrust, and some Trump officials were reportedly hoping to use the border crisis to scapegoat and fire her. Margaret Hartmann, Daily Intelligencer, "Protesters Crash Kirstjen Nielsen’s Dinner at a Mexican Restaurant," 20 June 2018 This lack of tactical clarity bred tension and distrust in the locker room. Andrew Helms, The New Republic, "The Joy of Watching a World Cup Without the U.S.," 11 June 2018 Even before the latest violence, animosity and distrust have run deep on both sides of the Israeli-Gazan border. Dina Kraft, The Christian Science Monitor, "Amid Israel-Gaza violence, a personal drive to preserve humanity and hope," 23 May 2018 Today, about 95% of homicides in the Northern Triangle countries go unpunished, creating a deep distrust of police, according to the Adrienne Arsht Latin America Center, a think tank at the Atlantic Council. Ryan Dube, WSJ, "Central America Migrants Flee Crime and Poverty Despite U.S. Crackdown," 25 June 2018 In Cape Town, though, this desire translated into dictatorial, smug, and detached behavior, a deep distrust, and even rejection, of solutions that came from the public. Aaron Gilbreath, Longreads, "Drought In Post-Apartheid Cape Town: An Interview with Eve Fairbanks," 12 June 2018 In Kemerovo, doubts spread about the official death toll, a telling expression of distrust in a region that cast 85% of its votes for President Vladimir Putin last month. The Economist, "Russian protests over the Kemerovo fire are already burning out," 5 Apr. 2018

Recent Examples on the Web: Verb

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 Sadr is distrusted by both the United States and Iran for his active opposition to both countries. Tamer El-ghobashy And Mustafa Salim, chicagotribune.com, "Maverick cleric's election upset could rattle U.S.-Iraq relations," 14 May 2018 Tensions have risen in recent years because Beijing distrusts Taiwan’s current president, Tsai Ing-wen. New York Times, "‘Orwellian Nonsense’? China Says That’s the Price of Doing Business," 6 May 2018 There are other reasons to distrust the outcome of the attorney general’s Confide investigation. The Kansas City Star Editorial Board, kansascity, "Missourians can’t trust Hawley investigation into Greitens’ use of text-destroying app," 19 Mar. 2018 Like the Purge movies, Escape From New York is nakedly up-front about distrusting the motives of career politicians, and criticizing America’s willingness to demonize and discard at-risk segments of its population. Tasha Robinson, The Verge, "10 subversive, dark American futures to stream on July 4th," 4 July 2018 Technology could make the global village feel more like a fearful, distrusting swamp. The Economist, "A faked video of Donald Trump points to a worrying future," 24 May 2018 But the United boss is also famously distrusting of players with poor fitness records. SI.com, "Man Utd Defender Seeks 'Urgent Talks' With Jose Mourinho to Clarify Old Trafford Future," 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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