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

There is widespread public mistrust of the Congo government and health workers from outside the region, giving rise to rumors that the disease is a ruse to try to rig elections in the area, where dozens of armed groups operate. NBC News, "New Ebola cases in Uganda raise fears of further spread," 12 June 2019 Several years on, the surrounding towns struggle to recover, evacuees remain afraid to return, and public mistrust has dogged the recovery effort, despite government assurances that most areas are safe. National Geographic, "What is nuclear energy and is it a viable resource?," 26 Mar. 2019 And after months of lawsuits and FDA scrutiny, the vaccine was pulled off the market in 2002 due to public mistrust. N'dea Yancey-bragg, USA TODAY, "Tick season: what you need to know about ticks and how to remove them," 23 May 2018 Alternative events have always been created to make up for large Pride events and their accessibility and safety issues, as well as valid mistrust of corporate sponsorships and buyouts of mainstream events. Elly Belle, Teen Vogue, "How to Celebrate Pride if You Don't Want to Go to a Big Parade," 18 June 2019 But the fact that Chinese leaders won't even confirm a meeting between Xi and Trump in a few weeks reflects a level of mistrust between both sides. Damian Paletta, Anchorage Daily News, "Trump levels new tariff threat against China, defends Mexico showdown," 11 June 2019 That helped lessen the mistrust and allowed medical staff to get slightly ahead of the viral spread. Rachel Jones, National Geographic, "Life amid an Ebola outbreak: Combating mistrust—and saving lives," 23 May 2019 And there was a growing mistrust of the political class in general, after dubious expense claims by lawmakers were the subject of a lengthy newspaper exposé in 2009. Jonathan Coe, Time, "How Brexit Broke Britain and Revealed a Country at War With Itself," 6 June 2019 That, in turn, has created mistrust of the authorities among Indigenous women and girls, the report said. Dan Bilefsky, New York Times, "Canadian Inquiry Calls Killings of Indigenous Women Genocide," 3 June 2019

Recent Examples on the Web: Verb

Celeste didn’t take kindly to this suggestion, absolutely refusing the possibility of any joint custody — and mistrusting her lawyer’s instincts to keep quiet in the meanwhile. Maureen Lee Lenker, EW.com, "Big Little Lies Denis O'Hare teases Mary Louise-Celeste showdown: 'It'll get much worse'," 8 July 2019 Johnson is admired by many Conservatives for his ability to energize voters, but others mistrust him for his long record of misleading and false statements, verbal blunders, and erratic performance in high office. Jill Lawless, BostonGlobe.com, "Boris Johnson builds lead in race to be UK prime minister," 18 June 2019 But the region mistrusts both countries for different reasons. Brad Lendon And Ivan Watson, CNN, "As US and China spar, the rest of Asia risks being stuck in the middle," 4 June 2019 The two sides mistrust each other and a series of reconciliation efforts have failed since Hamas seized complete control of the 25-mile-long seaside enclave of Gaza in 2007 after a bloody battle with Fatah. Dov Lieber, WSJ, "Egypt, U.N. Push Palestinian Rivals to Make Up," 27 July 2018 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

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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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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 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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