verb (used with object)

to regard with doubt or suspicion; have no trust in.


lack of trust; doubt; suspicion.

Nearby words

  1. district of columbia,
  2. district six,
  3. distringas,
  4. distrito federal,
  5. distrix,
  6. distrustful,
  7. disturb,
  8. disturbance,
  9. disturbed,
  10. disturbing

Origin of distrust

First recorded in 1505–15; dis-1 + trust

Related formsdis·trust·er, nounpre·dis·trust, noun, verb (used with object)

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British Dictionary definitions for distrust



to regard as untrustworthy or dishonest


suspicion; doubt
Derived Formsdistruster, noundistrustful, adjectivedistrustfully, adverbdistrustfulness, 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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