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  1. lack of trust or confidence; distrust.
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verb (used with object)
  1. to regard with mistrust, suspicion, or doubt; distrust.
  2. to surmise.
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verb (used without object)
  1. to be distrustful.
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Origin of mistrust

1350–1400; Middle English mistrusten (v.), mistrust (noun). See mis-1, trust
Related formsmis·trust·er, nounmis·trust·ing·ly, adverbself-mis·trust, nounun·mis·trust·ed, adjectiveun·mis·trust·ing, adjective
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Related Words for mistrust

wariness, apprehension, foreboding, uncertainty, misgiving, distrust, doubt, suspicion, skepticism, fear, chariness, incertitude, dubiety, concern, scruple, presentiment, wonder, apprehend, challenge, question

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British Dictionary definitions for mistrust


  1. to have doubts or suspicions about (someone or something)
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  1. distrust
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Derived Formsmistruster, nounmistrustful, adjectivemistrustfully, adverbmistrustfulness, noun
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Word Origin and History for mistrust


late 14c.; see mis- (1) + trust (n.).

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late 14c., from mis- (1) + trust (v.). Related: Mistrusted; mistrusting.

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