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 Ben Affleck-effect is surely responsible for some of the mistrust. Liz Krieger, Harper's BAZAAR, "What Happened When I Hired a Beautiful Nanny," 11 Sep. 2019 Still, critics say police conduct during gang stops can backfire, driving young people further into gang life and fueling community mistrust of law enforcement. NBC News, "He's a gang intervention worker. But California police call him a gang member.," 18 Aug. 2019 Second, the move is likely to compound Kashmiris’ mistrust of the Indian government. The Economist, "Modi’s revocation of Kashmir’s autonomy," 9 Aug. 2019 The pains of divorce, the wounds of betrayal, the clouds of mistrust — rich muses, all of them. Jon Caramanica, BostonGlobe.com, "Chance the Rapper’s ‘Big Day’ is the sound of a happily married man," 31 July 2019 With the armistice, each side agreed to let the other recover its dead, but brewing mistrust kept recovery teams from crossing the Demilitarized Zone. New York Times, "Trump-Kim Deal Promises Answers for Families of Korean War M.I.A.s," 15 June 2018 This mistrust can stem from all sorts of things, including previous negative experiences with doctors or concerns that health care or governmental institutions do not care about their best interests. Scientific American, "How Misinformation Spreads—and Why We Trust It," 3 Sep. 2019 Tensions between the community and police have fed a deep mistrust, residents and community activists say. Anita Hassan, NBC News, "'It feels like nowhere is safe': St. Louis children confront a wave of gun violence," 29 Aug. 2019 Doctors are hoping that the new success cases will help combat mistrust in communities, as fear and suspicion from locals has led to violence against doctors in the past. Catherine Kim, Vox, "Vox Sentences: One step closer to an Ebola cure," 15 Aug. 2019

Recent Examples on the Web: Verb

Many in the party doubt that anyone can beat Johnson, a quick-witted, Latin-spouting extrovert admired for his ability to connect with voters, but mistrusted for his erratic performance, and record of inaccurate and sometimes offensive comments. Jill Lawless, USA TODAY, "UK Prime Minister race down to the final four, and Boris Johnson is the standout leader," 19 June 2019 Heller, a moderate, is mistrusted by the states’ hardline Trump supporters and has a fraught relationship with the president. Chris Stirewalt, Fox News, "Fox News Power Rankings: Dean Heller, survivalist," 19 Sep. 2018 People mistrust giving their information to the federal government even though your Census information is secured and protected by law. al, "Alabama is poised to lose 1 congressional seat. Could it lose 2?," 1 Sep. 2019 Espionage and intelligence are so conducive to mistrust that the people who make the best use of them tend to be the most equable and disinclined to suspicion. Adam Gopnik, The New Yorker, "Are Spies More Trouble Than They’re Worth?," 26 Aug. 2019 The European Union is too disunited, China too widely mistrusted. Los Angeles Times, "Column: The global economy is slipping toward recession — and Trump is making it worse," 25 Aug. 2019 The weakest link in that triangle is between Seoul and Tokyo, who deeply mistrust one another due to the legacy of Japan's colonization of Korea. Joshua Berlinger, CNN, "North Korea and China are huge winners in the worsening Japan-South Korea spat," 23 Aug. 2019 Even people who typically mistrust the violent deputies of state power fantasize that the state might, for once, deploy them for the purpose of righting a catastrophic wrong. Sam Adler-bell, The New Republic, "Don’t Give the Government More Power to Fight White Terrorism," 7 Aug. 2019 No extravagant show pieces, like the Winter Olympics in Sochi or the World Cup today, can camouflage a Russia that would rather mistrust its people than invest in them. Joshua Rubenstein, WSJ, "‘The Code of Putinism’ Review: Summing Up a Summit Partner," 15 July 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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