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mistrust

[mis-truhst] /mɪsˈtrʌst/
noun
1.
lack of trust or confidence; distrust.
verb (used with object)
2.
to regard with mistrust, suspicion, or doubt; distrust.
3.
to surmise.
verb (used without object)
4.
to be distrustful.
Origin of mistrust
1350-1400
1350-1400; Middle English mistrusten (v.), mistrust (noun). See mis-1, trust
Related forms
mistruster, noun
mistrustingly, adverb
self-mistrust, noun
unmistrusted, adjective
unmistrusting, adjective
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  • But the poem was flowing on interminably; I began to mistrust my memory.

    Myths of the Rhine X. B. Saintine
  • I promised him it should not, for my own part: but who could have thought that the mistrust would be on his side?

    Deerbrook Harriet Martineau
  • Yet these men whom as Trade Unionists you mistrust, you actually send as politicians to "represent" you.

    Britain for the British Robert Blatchford
  • You reproved me for my fear and mistrust then; and I must beg leave to remind you of what you then said.

    Deerbrook Harriet Martineau
  • With a final effort of mistrust the cardinal raised his head and interrogated the other's clear and sure gaze.

    Balsamo, The Magician Alexander Dumas
British Dictionary definitions for mistrust

mistrust

/ˌmɪsˈtrʌst/
verb
1.
to have doubts or suspicions about (someone or something)
noun
2.
distrust
Derived Forms
mistruster, noun
mistrustful, adjective
mistrustfully, adverb
mistrustfulness, noun
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Word Origin and History for mistrust
n.

late 14c.; see mis- (1) + trust (n.).

v.

late 14c., from mis- (1) + trust (v.). Related: Mistrusted; mistrusting.

Online Etymology Dictionary, © 2010 Douglas Harper
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