mistrust

noun
mis·​trust | \ ˌmis-ˈtrəst How to pronounce mistrust (audio) \

Definition of mistrust

 (Entry 1 of 2)

: a lack of confidence : distrust

mistrust

verb
mistrusted; mistrusting; mistrusts

Definition of mistrust (Entry 2 of 2)

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

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Other Words from mistrust

Noun

mistrustful \ ˌmis-​ˈtrəst-​fəl How to pronounce mistrustful (audio) \ adjective
mistrustfully \ ˌmis-​ˈtrəst-​fə-​lē How to pronounce mistrustfully (audio) \ adverb
mistrustfulness noun

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Noun

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

Examples of mistrust in a Sentence

Noun She has a strong mistrust of politicians. had an unfortunate mistrust of doctors, so her medical condition was allowed to worsen Verb I was starting to mistrust my own judgment. a recluse who mistrusts her neighbors and stays in her house all day
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Recent Examples on the Web: Noun The pandemic has created an unprecedented level of mistrust and anxiety about inequality, which opens society to all kinds of conspiratorial thinking, and especially to medical misinformation. Brian Friedberg, Wired, "The Dark Virality of a Hollywood Blood-Harvesting Conspiracy," 31 July 2020 Cleveland already had problems with poverty and police-community mistrust before coronavirus concerns enveloped the nation in March. Adam Ferrise, cleveland, "Experts, police say surge in gun violence in Cleveland, nation to coronavirus-related stressors," 30 July 2020 Efforts to fight the outbreak in eastern Congo were hampered by mistrust from community members, feuds between government officials, attacks on health care facilities, and the emergence of new hot spots. Abdi Latif Dahir, BostonGlobe.com, "Congo’s deadliest Ebola outbreak is declared over," 25 June 2020 But lawyers in the federal suit have argued that the medical staff’s mistrust defines a system in which truly sick inmates are often examined inadequately or even have their problems ignored. Tim Golden, ProPublica, "Inside the U.S.’s Largest Maximum-Security Prison, COVID-19 Raged. Outside, Officials Called Their Fight a Success.," 24 June 2020 His third horseman took the form of rising global mistrust, often spilling into hatred, amid discontent over inequality and the sense among too many that globalisation is not working. The Economist, "Time to rediscover statesmanship Three future scenarios for the UN," 20 June 2020 Prosecutors said Harrison had a mistrust of banks and hid her money underneath a false floor in her bedroom closet. CBS News, "Supreme Court halts execution after chaplain barred from death chamber; Kim Kardashian West hails decision," 17 June 2020 Calethia Hodges has an arduous task: persuade Black people who have a deep mistrust of experimental drugs and medical institutions to participate in clinical trials to help find a vaccine for the deadly coronavirus. NBC News, "A COVID-19 vaccine will work only if trials include Black participants, experts say," 17 June 2020 Prosecutors said Harrison had a mistrust of banks and hid her money underneath a false floor in her bedroom closet. Fox News, "Supreme Court halts Texas execution over religious-rights concerns after clergy barred from death chamber," 17 June 2020 Recent Examples on the Web: Verb Some families lack Internet connections and reliable transportation, mistrust the government based on their past, and work in large, congested spaces where coronavirus spreads more easily. oregonlive, "‘It’s a retraumatizing kind of experience:’ How COVID-19 is affecting refugee communities in Multnomah County," 1 July 2020 But Russian observers of the industry continue to mistrust these official statements. Eric Berger, Ars Technica, "Russia’s replacement for the Proton rocket costs way too much," 29 June 2020 That only fuels further mistrust in people already skeptical of science. Scottie Andrew, CNN, "America's response to the coronavirus is the most American thing ever," 19 May 2020 The report found that until September the United Nations did not have procedures for verifying, storing and updating those coordinates, and that confusion over exactly what the system would do to protect humanitarian sites had led to mistrust. Evan Hill, New York Times, "U.N. Inquiry Into Syria Bombings Is Silent on Russia’s Role," 6 Apr. 2020 But while the government is widely mistrusted, private individuals are replotting Malta's course. Rick Jordan, Condé Nast Traveler, "In Malta, Roman Ruins and Natural Wine Bars Sit Side by Side," 21 May 2020 Contrast that with the US, where there's not even any centralized authority managing the testing, and the citizens tend to mistrust governmental intrusions. John Timmer, Ars Technica, "Pandemics: Do we need an app for that?," 3 Apr. 2020 The Senator is running as an outsider in an era when millions of Americans mistrust elite institutions. The Editorial Board, WSJ, "Bernie Sanders Makes His Charge," 7 Feb. 2020 Tsai, a 63-year-old former lawyer and academic, is mistrusted by China’s ruling Communist Party, which considers Taiwan a wayward province to be politically reunited—by force if necessary. Time, "Taiwan President Tsai Ing-wen Wins Reelection With Record Support," 11 Jan. 2020

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First Known Use of mistrust

Noun

14th century, in the meaning defined above

Verb

14th century, in the meaning defined at transitive sense 1

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The first known use of mistrust was in the 14th century

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4 Aug 2020

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“Mistrust.” Merriam-Webster.com Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, https://www.merriam-webster.com/dictionary/mistrust. Accessed 11 Aug. 2020.

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More Definitions for mistrust

mistrust

noun
How to pronounce mistrust (audio)

English Language Learners Definition of mistrust

 (Entry 1 of 2)

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

mistrust

verb

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

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

mistrust

noun
mis·​trust | \ mis-ˈtrəst How to pronounce mistrust (audio) \

Kids Definition of mistrust

 (Entry 1 of 2)

mistrust

verb
mistrusted; mistrusting

Kids Definition of mistrust (Entry 2 of 2)

2 : to lack confidence in They mistrust your abilities.

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