Definition of distrust in English:

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Pronunciation: /dɪsˈtrʌst/


[mass noun]
The feeling that someone or something cannot be relied upon: the public’s distrust of politicians
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  • But it reflects the public distrust of the police.
  • They reflect an inherent distrust of artistic or intellectual pursuits.
  • Public distrust of the government pops up all over the place.
mistrust, suspicion, wariness, chariness, lack of trust, lack of confidence, lack of faith;
informal leeriness


[with object]
Doubt the honesty or reliability of; regard with suspicion: speculation remained that the Army distrusted the peace process
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  • They suspected his culture, distrusted his politics and opposed his economics.
  • Kelly distrusted them and suspected them of deliberate deception.
  • And really, who can blame her for distrusting the world?
mistrust, be suspicious of, be wary/chary of, regard with suspicion, suspect, look askance at, have no confidence/faith in;
be sceptical of, have doubts about, doubt, be unsure of/about, be unconvinced about, take with a pinch/grain of salt;
have misgivings about, wonder about, question;
disbelieve (in), not believe, discredit, discount, be incredulous of
informal be leery of, smell a rat



Example sentences
  • Brown is a centraliser, a statist, a tax 'n' spender, a distruster of markets, a man who tolerates enterprise only within tightly restricted government terms.
  • Now, this may sound funny coming from me - the ultimate distruster of LE - but I think they do have the right guy.
  • The distrusters are more likely to have had a promiscuous sexual history and a greater associated rate of STD's.
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