[self-dis-truhst, self-]


lack of confidence in oneself, in one's abilities, etc.

Origin of self-distrust

First recorded in 1780–90
Related formsself-dis·trust·ful, adjectiveself-dis·trust·ing, adjective Unabridged Based on the Random House Unabridged Dictionary, © Random House, Inc. 2019

Examples from the Web for self-distrust

Historical Examples of self-distrust

  • Self-distrust, vague and indefinite, touched him unaccountably.

  • There is no trust without, complementary to it, self-distrust.

  • In his self-distrust he asked for two signs more, and God gave them to him.

  • His manner suggested a mixture of braggadocio and self-distrust.


    Evelyn Scott

  • Certainly, the new commander was not troubled with Burnside's self-distrust.

    On the Trail of Grant and Lee

    Frederick Trevor Hill