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 mistrust (audio) \ adjective
mistrustfully \ ˌmis-​ˈtrəst-​fə-​lē How to pronounce mistrust (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 Others, especially people of color, express mistrust of medicine based on past abuses. Libor Jany, Star Tribune, "Minneapolis won't mandate COVID-19 vaccines for police, fire," 23 Dec. 2020 The gray beard would reappear on her heroine Marian, as would her mistrust of institutional consecration. Merve Emre, The New Yorker, "How Leonora Carrington Feminized Surrealism," 21 Dec. 2020 Moreover, many Americans expressing Covid-19 vaccine mistrust are part of are members of racial minorities, which are precisely among the groups hit the hardest by the pandemic. Robert Gatter, Quartz, "Why paying people to get the coronavirus vaccine won’t work," 11 Dec. 2020 Doing so may only deepen mistrust among an already skeptical public, executives say. Author: Ryan Beene, Michael Hirtzer, Anchorage Daily News, "With freezers in tow, U.S. employers rush to fill vaccine void," 10 Dec. 2020 Officials are also concerned about Black residents not getting the vaccine due to government mistrust. Gregory Pratt, chicagotribune.com, "Chicago officials outline initial coronavirus vaccine distribution plans: ‘We are very ready for the vaccine as it comes’," 9 Dec. 2020 Some tribal members vehemently opposed the coal industry’s use of water, and disputes over the environmental impacts have been intertwined with their deep mistrust of the company and government regulators. Ian James, AZCentral.com, "'Everything is drying up': As springs on Hopi land decline, a sacred connection is threatened," 7 Dec. 2020 Until those concerns are acknowledged, Sangararmoorthy said, mistrust between communities of color and the medical field will remain an issue. Yvonne Wenger, baltimoresun.com, "UMBC president: Clinical testing is ‘for the greater good’ despite some concerns in the Black community," 4 Dec. 2020 Lester Holt talks to the heads of Pfizer, Moderna and Johnson & Johnson in their first joint interview about the plans for vaccine distribution and efforts to overcome public mistrust. NBC News, "U.S. sets records for Covid deaths, cases and hospitalization as CDC director delivers grim warning," 3 Dec. 2020 Recent Examples on the Web: Verb People most mistrust the Chinese vaccine, which Bolsonaro supporters have attacked with racist and xenophobic language. Washington Post, "Should a coronavirus vaccine be mandatory? In Brazil’s most populous state, it will be.," 6 Dec. 2020 For both Wilcox and Stevenson, the Lisbon Valley Mining Company’s series of financial troubles dating back at least five years, are another reason to mistrust the project. Zak Podmore, The Salt Lake Tribune, "Ranchers, landowners worry copper mine’s plan will taint groundwater in San Juan County," 21 Nov. 2020 Thatcher has sought to walk a fine line between attesting to the integrity of Oregon vote-by-mail while acknowledging the concerns of voters who mistrust it. oregonlive, "Oregon secretary of state’s race draws national interest, as Democrats try to recover the lone statewide office they lost in 2016," 15 Oct. 2020 Trump voters are more likely to mistrust mainstream news outlets and to entertain conspiracy theories. Todd J. Gillman, Dallas News, "Trump still blames fraud for loss to Biden, and 77% of GOP voters agree despite lack of evidence," 18 Nov. 2020 Second, if the distribution of Pfizer's vaccine doesn't go well, an already skeptical public could mistrust distribution of other coronavirus vaccines down the road. Elizabeth Cohen, CNN, "Pfizer's ultra-cold vaccine, a 'very complex' distribution plan and an exploding head emoji," 10 Nov. 2020 Javellana had already grown to mistrust the criminal justice system in south Florida. Sam Adler-bell, The New Republic, "How Police Unions Bully Politicians," 20 Oct. 2020 Some communities mistrust the health care system and others lack transportation or insurance. Hallie Miller, baltimoresun.com, "Many Marylanders are rushing to get a flu shot — and worried state health officials want the rest of us to join them," 9 Oct. 2020 And going high means unlocking the shackles of lies and mistrust with the only thing that can truly set us free: the cold hard truth. Jeanine Santucci, USA TODAY, "Read Michelle Obama's full keynote speech at the Democratic National Convention," 18 Aug. 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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Last Updated

13 Jan 2021

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“Mistrust.” Merriam-Webster.com Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, https://www.merriam-webster.com/dictionary/mistrust. Accessed 16 Jan. 2021.

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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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