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

Synonyms for distrust

2. See suspicion.
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Contemporary Examples of distrust

Historical Examples of distrust

  • 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.


    W. A. Fraser

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


    W. A. Fraser

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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