to regard with doubt or suspicion; have no trust in.
lack of trust; doubt; suspicion.
- dis·trust·er, noun
- pre·dis·trust, noun, verb (used with object)
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How to use distrust in a sentence
That has never been more important than it is right now, during one of the most uncertain periods in modern history, and a moment when distrust and misinformation are rampant.
The first was distrust in the Republican establishment itself.The Republican Party tries to figure out the path forward | Philip Bump | February 2, 2021 | Washington Post
Vaccine distrust is often rooted in history for many communities of color.How the CIA’s fake vaccine program in Pakistan helped fuel the anti-vax movement | Hala Iqbal | February 1, 2021 | Vox
Nationalism is on the rise, as well as distrust of globalism and alliances.The TIME 2030 Committee Offers 8 Solutions for a More Equitable and Sustainable Future | TIME Staff | January 22, 2021 | Time
An untrustworthy system has created many who are understandably vaccine hesitant, while online disinformation campaigns are fueled by conspiracies and distrust.
Bridging the divide between the police and those who distrust them will take more than protests and symbolic gestures.
Liberals distrust business and anyone with power—better to tell them exactly what to do.
Conservatives distrust public officials and want to shackle them with detailed rules.
Bound together by mutual distrust, both sides end up lashing themselves to the mast of rigid law.
Can you chip away at the distrust of the police among black people?
Such mutual distrust necessarily creates or accompanies a lack of moral courage.Glances at Europe | Horace Greeley
Here was the strangeness of it: that he did not distrust Lettice, nor felt resentment against Tony.The Wave | Algernon Blackwood
Robinson looked at him suspiciously as he took it, and the animals eyed him with evident distrust.Davy and The Goblin | Charles E. Carryl
On the following afternoon he found her, for instance, radiant with that exuberant happiness he had learned now to distrust.The Wave | Algernon Blackwood
However cleverly the pill was gilded, the Marshal knew that it was the Emperor's distrust which had lost him the command.Napoleon's Marshals | R. P. Dunn-Pattison
British Dictionary definitions for distrust
to regard as untrustworthy or dishonest
- distruster, noun
- distrustful, adjective
- distrustfully, adverb
- distrustfulness, noun
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