lack of trust or confidence; distrust.
to regard with mistrust, suspicion, or doubt; distrust.
to be distrustful.
- mis·trust·er, noun
- mis·trust·ing·ly, adverb
- self-mis·trust, noun
- un·mis·trust·ed, adjective
- un·mis·trust·ing, adjective
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How to use mistrust in a sentence
The West harbors a mistrust towards non-humans that the East does not.
The soaring ambition, however, is set to run headlong into the barriers to health care and mistrust of speedily developed vaccines that mark Perry County and other rural, impoverished parts of America.Mass vaccinations against covid-19 will be ‘mind-blowing’ challenge for Alabama, other poor, rural states | Isaac Stanley-Becker | November 29, 2020 | Washington Post
If he actually does this post-Election Day, media organizations will be forced to grapple with reporting on the news of the day — the president’s words — and battling misinformation and mistrust.A Contested 2020 Election Would Be Way Worse Than Bush v. Gore | Clare Malone (firstname.lastname@example.org) | October 9, 2020 | FiveThirtyEight
One can imagine there will only be deepening mistrust in the media if news organizations continue to lose that visibility.The closure of newsrooms is a symbolic end of a publishing era | Lara O'Reilly | August 18, 2020 | Digiday
They’ve had consistent communication to the public, one voice that was giving accurate information, and they built the confidence of the public rather than mistrust.
The problem starts in that instant of electric mistrust when the cop reaches for his gun, or employs a homicidal chokehold.
As the Ebola epidemic began sweeping through the region, fear and mistrust of the health workers in West Point escalated.
Those who neglect or mistrust him may be punished--indeed may deserve to be.
Racial mistrust, military tactics against citizens, dissent quashed.
A particularly worrisome indicator of this mistrust has been the booming alternative medicine industry.
Full of fears, anxiety, and mistrust, it was a very dispirited Rabecque that now slowly followed Monsieur Gaubert into the inn.St. Martin's Summer | Rafael Sabatini
Sarah and Fennefos met in the passage; both were conscious that there was some slight mistrust of them among the others.Skipper Worse | Alexander Lange Kielland
Assuming the killer was a person Carmack had reason to mistrust—or to fear—he had to solve the neuro-vibe in order to gain access.We're Friends, Now | Henry Hasse
With a final effort of mistrust the cardinal raised his head and interrogated the other's clear and sure gaze.Balsamo, The Magician | Alexander Dumas
His evil eyes I much mistrust; but he seem friendly be, and food prepare for us when there we go.A Fortune Hunter; Or, The Old Stone Corral | John Dunloe Carteret
British Dictionary definitions for mistrust
to have doubts or suspicions about (someone or something)
- mistruster, noun
- mistrustful, adjective
- mistrustfully, adverb
- mistrustfulness, noun
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