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[self-dis-truhst, self-] /ˈsɛlf dɪsˈtrʌst, ˌsɛlf-/
lack of confidence in oneself, in one's abilities, etc.
Origin of self-distrust
First recorded in 1780-90
Related forms
self-distrustful, adjective
self-distrusting, adjective Unabridged
Based on the Random House Dictionary, © Random House, Inc. 2018.
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Examples from the Web for self-distrust
Historical Examples
  • self-distrust, vague and indefinite, touched him unaccountably.

  • There is no trust without, complementary to it, self-distrust.

    Expositions of Holy Scripture Alexander Maclaren
  • In his self-distrust he asked for two signs more, and God gave them to him.

    Little Folks Various
  • His manner suggested a mixture of braggadocio and self-distrust.

    Narcissus Evelyn Scott
  • Certainly, the new commander was not troubled with Burnside's self-distrust.

    On the Trail of Grant and Lee Frederick Trevor Hill
  • But here he felt himself guilty of a self-distrust that was unworthy of him.

  • But the first seed of self-distrust was springing up in her heart.

    Mrs. Severn, Vol. 1 (of 3) Mary Elizabeth Carter
  • The saddest part of self-distrust is that it breeds suspicion.

    The Second Fiddle Phyllis Bottome
  • There are no evidences of self-loathing, or even of self-distrust.

    The All-Sufficiency of Christ Charles Henry Mackintosh
  • What think you of that for a specimen of youthful modesty and self-distrust?'

    Hypatia Charles Kingsley

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