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

To this day, the films reflect a 1960s distrust of big business. André Millard, Smithsonian, "In Battles of Man Versus Machine, James Bond Always Wins," 12 July 2019 This sense of being disrespected and dismissed by doctors fueled Chany’s distrust of vaccines, but her suspicion of medical authorities may have had deeper roots. Adam Rogers, WIRED, "Fear, Misinformation, and Measles Spread in Brooklyn," 24 June 2019 The dismissal comes at a time of deep community distrust of the department amid the fallout from one of the department’s largest scandals in which eight Gun Trace Task Force officers were sent to federal prison. Jessica Anderson, baltimoresun.com, "Baltimore judge dismisses 12 misconduct cases against officers after police department misses key deadlines," 17 June 2019 Officials say the undercount stems from some American Indians living in isolated communities, a long-standing distrust of the federal government and others simply not knowing the importance of the census. Dana Hedgpeth, Anchorage Daily News, "Census and tribal leaders push for Native American participation in 2020 census," 14 June 2019 Efforts to contain the virus also have been hindered by the path of the outbreak, which is spreading through areas marked by a deep distrust of foreigners, and therefore more hesitance to seek treatment. Nichole Sobecki, National Geographic, "The world's second-biggest Ebola outbreak is still raging. Here's why.," 24 May 2019 In rural communities — where families’ loved ones were maimed or killed by the conflict and its explosives remnants — a deep distrust of outsiders has persisted. Megan Janetsky, Teen Vogue, "Meet the Women Who Detonate Land Mines in Colombia’s Former War Zones," 24 Apr. 2019 As distrust between Washington and Islamabad grows, America's ties with Pakistan's rival, India, continue to warm. chicagotribune.com, "Is Trump ready to dump Pakistan?," 26 Mar. 2018 There were few clinics for the Rohingya, Hasan says, and health workers faced huge issues of distrust—a hostility to officials built up through decades of abuse by the Myanmar authorities. Gaia Vince, Quartz, "How to survive in the world’s largest refugee camp," 8 June 2019

Recent Examples on the Web: Verb

Another survey earlier this year found that the population was evenly divided between those who trusted and distrusted Beijing. Jake Maxwell Watts, WSJ, "Hit-and-Run Collision in Disputed Waters Tests Philippines’ China Ties," 12 July 2019 Love the movie unconditionally or distrust its motives. Noel Murray, latimes.com, "Revisiting ‘Forrest Gump’ at 25 — what made it a cultural phenomenon," 2 July 2019 The territory’s government and its overlords in Beijing could not have received a clearer message that Hong Kongers distrust their own leaders, as well as the central government’s (see China section). The Economist, "To restore calm in Hong Kong, try democracy," 20 June 2019 Solution 2 If the twins distrust each other, each knows that the other will rat them out on the slightest pretext. Quanta Magazine, "Solution: ‘Triumph or Cooperation in Game Theory and Evolution’," 8 Dec. 2017 Further Reading As Ebola outbreak rages, vaccine is 97.5% effective, protecting over 90K people Violent attacks and community distrust have severely hampered outbreak responses in the volatile region. Beth Mole, Ars Technica, "Massive Ebola outbreak spreads across DRC border, infected 5-year-old in Uganda," 11 June 2019 As George Kennan has pointed out, the present generation of Chinese leaders hates the United States and distrusts our every motive. George Steiner, Harper's magazine, "Russia and Red China," 10 June 2019 Prepa, once Puerto Rico’s crown jewel, is largely distrusted and resented by the island’s population of 3.2 million, residents say. Andrew Scurria And Arian Campo-flores, WSJ, "Puerto Rico Picks Bidders for Ailing Power Utility," 20 Jan. 2019 Turkey distrusts the forces, which have been close U.S. allies in the fight against Islamic State. WSJ, "For Turkey, U.S. Exit From Syria Is an Opportunity—and a Risk," 25 Dec. 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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