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 report also dug into sources of mistrust in the scientific community. Jamie Ducharme, Time, "Confidence in Scientists Has Actually Risen Since 2016 in the U.S., According to New Research," 2 Aug. 2019 Respondents to our survey of 273 staff at American nursing homes and assisted living facilities said that surveillance could create a culture of mistrust. Karen Levy, The Conversation, "Webcams in nursing home rooms may deter elder abuse – but are they ethical?," 24 July 2019 Criticism of parents not vaccinating their children may now be commingling with broader mistrust of, say, Facebook. Shobana Shankar, Quartz Africa, "What the United States could learn from Nigeria about taking on anti-vaxxers," 7 June 2019 So in spite of the history of mistrust, some First Nations communities have become partners in oil sands projects, in return for jobs, grocery stores, housing, and public facilities. Ian Willms, National Geographic, "This is the world's most destructive oil operation—and it's growing," 11 Apr. 2019 Jenner’s invention has saved countless lives, but the bloody-mindedness of him and his followers ended up creating a culture of mistrust that lingers to this day. The Economist, "The original anti-vaxxers," 30 Aug. 2019 But mistrust in vaccines, militia attacks on health workers and limited health care resources are among the many obstacles health officials need to surmount to fight the second-deadliest Ebola outbreak on record. Bethlehem Feleke And Stephanie Busari, CNN, "Nine-year-old girl tests positive for Ebola in Uganda," 30 Aug. 2019 Sanders plan comes at a time when violence and mistrust against the media is on the rise. Savannah Behrmann, USA TODAY, "Bernie Sanders announces plan to deal with 'crisis' in American journalism, as he calls out 'Trump’s authoritarian bullying of the media'," 22 Aug. 2019 Sometimes Lewis argues that this mistrust is justified, as in the case of a woman in the second episode who was deceived by the company who handled her student loans. Eliana Dockterman, Time, "The 10 Best New Podcasts of the Year So Far," 21 June 2019

Recent Examples on the Web: Verb

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 The public also mistrusts the local police watchdog body, seen as lacking teeth and independence—but Lam has remained steadfast in rejecting calls for an independent inquiry. Ilaria Maria Sala, Quartz, "Hong Kong’s last major riots reshaped the city into the one we know today," 9 July 2019

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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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