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mistrust

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noun mis·trust \ ˌmis-ˈtrəst \

Definition of mistrust

:a lack of confidence :distrust

mistrustful

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mistrustfully

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mistrustfulness

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Examples of mistrust in a Sentence

  1. She has a strong mistrust of politicians.

  2. had an unfortunate mistrust of doctors, so her medical condition was allowed to worsen

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First Known Use of mistrust

14th century

Synonym Discussion of mistrust

uncertainty, doubt, dubiety, skepticism, suspicion, mistrust mean lack of sureness about someone or something. uncertainty may range from a falling short of certainty to an almost complete lack of conviction or knowledge especially about an outcome or result.
    • assumed the role of manager without hesitation or uncertainty
doubt suggests both uncertainty and inability to make a decision.
    • plagued by doubts as to what to do
dubiety stresses a wavering between conclusions.
    • felt some dubiety about its practicality
skepticism implies unwillingness to believe without conclusive evidence.
    • an economic forecast greeted with skepticism
suspicion stresses lack of faith in the truth, reality, fairness, or reliability of something or someone.
    • regarded the stranger with suspicion
mistrust implies a genuine doubt based upon suspicion.
    • had a great mistrust of doctors

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mistrust

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Definition of mistrust

transitive verb
1 :to have no trust or confidence in :suspect
  • mistrusted his neighbors
2 :to doubt the truth, validity, or effectiveness of
  • mistrusted his own judgment
3 :surmise
  • your mind mistrusted there was something wrong
  • —Robert Frost
intransitive verb
:to be suspicious

Examples of mistrust in a Sentence

  1. I was starting to mistrust my own judgment.

  2. a recluse who mistrusts her neighbors and stays in her house all day

Recent Examples of mistrust from the Web

These example sentences are selected automatically from various online news sources to reflect current usage of the word 'mistrust.' Views expressed in the examples do not represent the opinion of Merriam-Webster or its editors. Send us feedback.

First Known Use of mistrust

14th century

mistrust Synonyms

Synonyms
doubt, misdoubt, distrust, question, suspect
Antonyms
trust
Related Words
disbelieve, discount, discredit, negate
Near Antonyms
bank (on or upon), count (on or upon), depend (on or upon), rely (on or upon)

MISTRUST Defined for English Language Learners

mistrust

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noun

Definition of mistrust for English Language Learners

  • : lack of trust or confidence : a feeling that someone is not honest and cannot be trusted


mistrust

verb

Definition of mistrust for English Language Learners

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


MISTRUST Defined for Kids

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mistrust

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noun mis·trust \ mis-ˈtrəst \

Definition of mistrust for Students


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mistrust

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Definition of mistrust for Students

mistrusted; mistrusting
2 :to lack confidence in
  • They mistrust your abilities.


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