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

According to a 2014 Pew study, consistent conservatives expressed the same level of mistrust of ABC News as consistent liberals did of Sean Hannity. Ezra Klein, Vox, "A new theory for why Republicans and Democrats see the world differently," 18 Dec. 2018 Pacifists expressed their continued mistrust of the U.S. military, which once secretly started construction on a nuclear-missile base here. Jeremy Page, WSJ, "How the Pentagon Countered China’s Designs on Greenland," 10 Feb. 2019 Behind the scenes, however, employees at both companies say mistrust is growing. Nick Kostov, WSJ, "Renault Urges Nissan to Call for Shareholder Meeting Following Nissan Indictment," 16 Dec. 2018 Professor Mutz and her colleague Edward D. Mansfield suggest that racial mistrust is a critical determinant of people’s feelings about globalization. New York Times, "Whites’ Unease Shadows the Politics of a More Diverse America," 22 May 2018 Hundreds of remains have been repatriated since 1990, but the process has been fraught with mistrust. Adam Taylor, Washington Post, "North Korean officials no-show for meeting about U.S. troop remains," 12 July 2018 Hundreds of remains have been repatriated since 1990, but the process has been fraught with mistrust. Adam Taylor, latimes.com, "North Korean officials are apparent no-shows for meeting on returning U.S. troops' remains," 12 July 2018 In a state that is still largely rural and tinged with a libertarian mistrust of big government, Mr. Tester drives a beat-up pickup truck, shoots guns and has little to say about his party’s internecine fights. Nicholas Fandos, New York Times, "Jon Tester, a Democrat in Deep-Red Montana, Isn’t Sweating Trump’s Threats," 3 June 2018 Reopening the negotiation could cause financial turmoil and complicate the first months of a López Obrador government, which is seen by some businessmen with mistrust. Juan Montes, WSJ, "Leading Mexican Presidential Candidate Would Respect Nafta Deal," 26 Apr. 2018

Recent Examples on the Web: Verb

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 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

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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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