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[dis-truhst] /dɪsˈtrʌst/
verb (used with object)
to regard with doubt or suspicion; have no trust in.
lack of trust; doubt; suspicion.
Origin of distrust
First recorded in 1505-15; dis-1 + trust
Related forms
distruster, noun
predistrust, noun, verb (used with object) Unabridged
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  • That he had reason for his distrust was proved by Ben Haley's movements.

    Brave and Bold Horatio Alger
  • He looked her in the face, but saw nothing to awaken his distrust.

    Other Tales and Sketches Nathaniel Hawthorne
  • I was not to distrust them; still less was I to run away from them.

  • Again that distasteful expression fraught with distrust and insinuation.

    Thoroughbreds W. A. Fraser
  • Crane faced about, and coming forward, held out his hand to the man of distrust.

    Thoroughbreds W. A. Fraser
British Dictionary definitions for distrust


to regard as untrustworthy or dishonest
suspicion; doubt
Derived Forms
distruster, noun
distrustful, adjective
distrustfully, adverb
distrustfulness, noun
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Word Origin and History for distrust

early 15c. (v.); 1510s (n.), from dis- + trust. "The etymologically correct form is mistrust, in which both elements are Teutonic" [Klein]. Related: Distrusted; distrusting; distrustful; distrustfully; distrustfulness.

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