Definitions for: Distrust


[n] the trait of not trusting others
[n] doubt about someone's honesty
[v] regard as untrustworthy; regard with suspicion; have no faith or confidence in



Webster (1913) Definition: Dis*trust", v. t. [imp. & p. p. Distrusted; p. pr.
& vb. n. Distrusting.] [Cf. Mistrust.]
To feel absence of trust in; not to confide in or rely upon;
to deem of questionable sufficiency or reality; to doubt; to
be suspicious of; to mistrust.

Not distrusting my health. --2 Mac. ix.
22.

To distrust the justice of your cause. --Dryden.

He that requireth the oath doth distrust that other.
--Udall.

Of all afraid, Distrusting all, a wise, suspicious
maid. --Collins.

Note: Mistrust has been almost wholly driven out by distrust.
--T. L. K. Oliphant.


Dis*trust", n.
1. Doubt of sufficiency, reality, or sincerity; want of
confidence, faith, or reliance; as, distrust of one's
power, authority, will, purposes, schemes, etc.

2. Suspicion of evil designs.

Alienation and distrust . . . are the growth of
false principles. --D. Webster.

3. State of being suspected; loss of trust. --Milton.

Synonyms: distrustfulness, misgiving, mistrust, mistrust, mistrust, suspect, suspicion

Antonyms: bank, rely, swear, trust, trust, trustfulness, trustingness

See Also: disbelieve, discredit, doubt, doubt, doubtfulness, dubiety, dubiousness, incertitude, suspicion, suspiciousness, trait, uncertainty

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