un·​trust·​wor·​thy | \ ˌən-ˈtrəst-ˌwər-t͟hē How to pronounce untrustworthy (audio) \

Definition of untrustworthy

: not dependable or worthy of confidence : not trustworthy an untrustworthy person an untrustworthy source

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Recent Examples on the Web The novel’s terrain is littered with corrupt cops and other untrustworthy, violent men, and Sarah herself is experiencing seizures and neurological lapses. Lidija Haas, Harper's Magazine, "New Books," 27 Apr. 2020 There is this sense that experts are untrustworthy, and have agendas that aren’t aligned with the people. Sheera Frenkel, BostonGlobe.com, "A single gesture behind Trump fuels an online conspiracy theory," 28 Mar. 2020 Gartner said Boost does not accept money from pharmaceutical companies, groups that are the definition of untrustworthy in anti-vaccine circles. Amelia Harnish, New York Times, "Fighting Vaccine Hesitancy, One Parent at a Time," 19 Apr. 2020 Far from autofiction, their novels are as varied as their poems, with suspenseful plots and untrustworthy characters and an understanding that drama arises from bad hermeneutics—that is, misreading people. Ange Mlinko, The New York Review of Books, "‘A Walk Through Someone Else’," 10 Mar. 2020 Mr Johnson is seen as untrustworthy and Mr Corbyn as having failed to get to grips with anti-Semitism in the Labour Party. The Economist, "UK general election 2019," 12 Dec. 2019 Voters confess unease with the erudite but untrustworthy Prime Minister Boris Johnson and his plan for a hard, swift Brexit, and with Labour leader Jeremy Corbyn and his own hard-left plan to remake the British economy under a socialist banner. Washington Post, "In Britain’s ‘appalling’ election, voters in the middle don’t like either Boris Johnson or Jeremy Corbyn," 8 Dec. 2019 NewsGuard tracks the popularity of untrustworthy news sites in four other countries — France, Italy, Germany, and the United Kingdom. Hiawatha Bray, BostonGlobe.com, "Survey says: We love our fake news," 17 Jan. 2020 Roman is as snarkily useless as ever, Shiv as untrustworthy, Matthew Macfadyen’s Tom as majestically pompous and charisma-free. Sophie Gilbert, The Atlantic, "Succession Is Better Than Ever," 11 Aug. 2019

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First Known Use of untrustworthy

circa 1846, in the meaning defined above

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The first known use of untrustworthy was circa 1846

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“Untrustworthy.” Merriam-Webster.com Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, https://www.merriam-webster.com/dictionary/untrustworthy. Accessed 27 May. 2020.

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English Language Learners Definition of untrustworthy

: not able to be trusted : not trustworthy

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