distrust

noun
dis·​trust | \ (ˌ)dis-ˈtrəst How to pronounce distrust (audio) \

Definition of distrust

 (Entry 1 of 2)

: the lack or absence of trust

distrust

verb
distrusted; distrusting; distrusts

Definition of distrust (Entry 2 of 2)

transitive verb

: to have no trust or confidence in

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Examples of distrust in a Sentence

Noun He has a distrust of doctors. the psychic's bold claims were greeted with distrust and outright scorn Verb She's always distrusted their promises. we instinctively distrust those phone calls that tell us we have won a free vacation or car
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Recent Examples on the Web: Noun When asked about these comments, Angelo Carusone, the head of media watchdog group Media Matters, saw it as another example of his seeding distrust in the vaccine. Ej Dickson, Rolling Stone, 2 Sep. 2021 The former judiciary chief known for his distrust of the West takes the reins at a tense time. Arkansas Online, 6 Aug. 2021 Mac, Isaak’s second in command, turns out to be the bad guy, yet his fundamental distrust of the sniveling business partner, who rolls his eyes when Isaak proposes a partnership, feels justified. Beatrice Loayza, Vulture, 28 Aug. 2021 The two world leaders with whom Merkel has her most important and complex relationships are Obama, who has won her reluctant respect, and Putin, who has earned her deep distrust. Margaret Talbot, The New Yorker, 11 Aug. 2021 The former judiciary chief known for his distrust of the West takes the reins at a tense time. Arkansas Online, 6 Aug. 2021 The former judiciary chief known for his distrust of the West takes the reins at a tense time. Amir Vahdat, USA TODAY, 5 Aug. 2021 The former judiciary chief known for his distrust of the West takes the reins at a tense time. Amir Vahdat, chicagotribune.com, 5 Aug. 2021 The former judiciary chief known for his distrust of the West takes the reins at a tense time. BostonGlobe.com, 5 Aug. 2021 Recent Examples on the Web: Verb But many Afghans distrust the group, and there have been reports of summary executions and other human rights abuses in areas under Taliban control. The Christian Science Monitor, 29 Aug. 2021 But many Afghans distrust the group, and there have been reports of summary executions and other human rights abuses in areas under Taliban control. BostonGlobe.com, 29 Aug. 2021 But many Afghans distrust the group, and there have been reports of summary executions and other human rights abuses in areas under Taliban control. Anchorage Daily News, 29 Aug. 2021 Still, Connecticut is home to hundreds of thousands of residents who are eligible to be vaccinated but aren’t yet, whether due to fear of side effects, distrust in medical institutions or various other reasons. Alex Putterman, courant.com, 23 Aug. 2021 But many Afghans distrust the Taliban and fear that their rule will be violent and oppressive. Fox News, 17 Aug. 2021 But many Afghans distrust the Taliban and fear that their rule will be violent and oppressive. Joseph Krauss, ajc, 17 Aug. 2021 But many Afghans distrust the Taliban and fear that their rule will be violent and oppressive. Joseph Krauss, chicagotribune.com, 16 Aug. 2021 And people do indeed distrust news media, as Gallup surveys regularly remind us all. Washington Post, 19 July 2021

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First Known Use of distrust

Noun

1513, in the meaning defined above

Verb

1548, in the meaning defined above

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The first known use of distrust was in 1513

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“Distrust.” Merriam-Webster.com Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, https://www.merriam-webster.com/dictionary/distrust. Accessed 25 Sep. 2021.

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More Definitions for distrust

distrust

noun

English Language Learners Definition of distrust

 (Entry 1 of 2)

: lack of trust or confidence : a feeling that someone or something is not honest and cannot be trusted

distrust

verb

English Language Learners Definition of distrust (Entry 2 of 2)

: to have no trust or confidence in (someone or something) : mistrust

distrust

noun
dis·​trust | \ dis-ˈtrəst How to pronounce distrust (audio) \

Kids Definition of distrust

 (Entry 1 of 2)

: a lack of belief or confidence in : suspicion The enemies eyed each other with distrust.

Other Words from distrust

distrustful adjective

distrust

verb
distrusted; distrusting

Kids Definition of distrust (Entry 2 of 2)

: to have no belief or confidence in I distrust the ad's claims.

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