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  1. 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)

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2. See suspicion.
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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


  1. to regard as untrustworthy or dishonest
  1. 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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