mistrust

noun
mis·​trust | \ˌmis-ˈtrəst \

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 \-​fəl \ adjective
mistrustfully \-​fə-​lē \ 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

Hahn said that mistrust has caused the protests of the past few days to turn tense. Anita Chabria, sacbee, "Protesters rage at police, but not at their boss. Can he satisfy the community and the cops?," 25 Mar. 2018 Instead, public mistrust tends to be reserved for experts of a more academic persuasion. John Timmer, Ars Technica, "First thing we do, let’s kill all the experts," 21 Oct. 2018 This mistrust has caused some people who are eligible for Ebola vaccines and treatments to refuse them. Julia Belluz, Vox, "An Ebola “perfect storm” is brewing in the Democratic Republic of Congo," 28 Sep. 2018 Noah Cyrus and rapper Lil Xan broke up after a summer fling thanks to possible infidelity, mistrust, and a Charlie Puth meme. Carolyn Twersky, Seventeen, "Noah Cyrus and Lil Xan's New Music Video Just Leaked and It’s Painfully Awkward To Watch," 17 Sep. 2018 Ahead of Brazil’s presidential election on October 7 vote, false narratives about electronic voting fraud have spiked and deepened mistrust as citizens head to the polls. Casey Newton, The Verge, "Google has a big advantage over Facebook in a crisis," 10 Oct. 2018 The mistrust of bureaucracy and human greed that’s fueled his environmental endeavors betrays a greater wariness of power, privilege, and the myth of masculinity. Marley Marius, Vogue, "An Ode to Robert Redford, on What May Be His Retirement From Acting," 25 Sep. 2018 Eron looks like Ronan Farrow and acts like Mark Zuckerberg and, paired with Jared Leto’s character in Blade Runner 2049, reflects an anxious mistrust of the tech overlords currently engineering our lives, with or without our consent. Gary Thompson, Philly.com, "Sci-fi thriller 'Upgrade': When your body has a mind of its own," 30 May 2018 Mutual mistrust between Washington and Pyongyang has already seen the meeting canceled and hastily reinstated days later. Alexander Smith /, NBC News, "Best and worst-case scenarios for Trump meeting with Kim Jong Un," 11 June 2018

Recent Examples on the Web: Verb

As a devoted follower of the Dark Lord, Prudence has every reason to instantly mistrust Sabrina, an outsider who has not grown up in her world. Taylor Crumpton, Teen Vogue, "How "Chilling Adventures of Sabrina" Failed Prudence Night," 1 Nov. 2018 But the sources of such research cause it to be dismissed and mistrusted—unfairly or not. Andrew Hamilton, Washington Post, "How universities can arm us for the gun debate," 9 Mar. 2018 This disproportionate police violence leads to mistrust of police performance in black communities, while white people feel the opposite. Michael Harriot, The Root, "All Black People Are Victims of Police Brutality," 26 June 2018 This keeps Trump's base enraged at the media and mistrusting of us. Amira Rasool, Teen Vogue, "Journalist Liz Plank Believes the Media Was Baited by Melania Trump's Zara Jacket," 22 June 2018 Many in Madrid will mistrust Mr Torra’s government as long as Mr Puigdemont, who precipitated Spain’s deepest constitutional crisis since the return of democracy in 1978, is seen to be pulling the strings. The Economist, "Catalonia’s new president is a secessionist, like the previous one," 17 May 2018 Kretz told me he had mistrusted Wielgus for a long time, since Wielgus’s initial mountain-lion studies. New York Times, "Who’s Afraid of the Big Bad Wolf Scientist?," 5 July 2018 The locals shunned newcomers and mistrusted outsiders. Roy Bragg, San Antonio Express-News, "German (and Czech) towns are baseball hotbeds," 3 June 2018 But the fraud claims have delayed the official tally of the vote and deepened Iraqis mistrust in the electoral process, which saw turnout fall to its lowest level since the country became a democracy fifteen years ago. Isabel Coles And, WSJ, "Questions Mount About Possible Fraud in Iraq Vote," 19 May 2018

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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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More Definitions for mistrust

mistrust

noun

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 \

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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