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distrustful

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Pronunciation: /dɪsˈtrʌstfl
 
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Definition of distrustful in English:

adjective

Feeling or showing distrust of someone or something: I have grown up to be distrustful of men
More example sentences
  • Licinius became increasingly distrustful of him and suspicious of his own Christian subjects, whom he began to persecute.
  • It is not in borrowers' interests for them to become worried and distrustful of their lender.
  • Most Scots, they say, are distrustful of the nuclear industry and would prefer to tackle climate change through windmills, tidal and solar power, and recycling.
Synonyms
mistrustful, suspicious, chary, apprehensive, lacking trust, lacking confidence, lacking faith;
sceptical, unsure, doubtful, dubious, cynical;
informal leery, cagey

Derivatives

distrustfully

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adverb
Example sentences
  • My companions eyed me distrustfully, as if they sensed something different about me: a new detachment.
  • Kirsten said, peering at the cups distrustfully, ‘Darling, I'll try a bite first.’
  • She looked at him distrustfully, and he scowled at her.

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