Definition of mistrust in English:


Line breaks: mis|trust
Pronunciation: /mɪsˈtrʌst


[with object]
Be suspicious of; have no confidence in: she had no cause to mistrust him
More example sentences
  • One wisely mistrusts the obvious answers here.
  • But by the same token, there is no question of mistrusting his judgement when it comes to success, and there is page after page of considered evidence for that.
  • One side mistrusts the state courts and thinks the federal courts are needed to ensure that there isn't a systematic underenforcement of federal constitutional rights.
be suspicious of, be mistrustful of, be distrustful of, be sceptical of, be wary of, be chary of, harbour suspicions about, be uneasy about, distrust, have doubts about, have misgivings about, have reservations about, have qualms about, suspect, wonder about
informal be leery of
question, challenge, doubt, disbelieve, have no confidence/faith in, query


[mass noun] Back to top  
Lack of trust; suspicion: the public mistrust of government
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  • It also helps to create a poisonous atmosphere of suspicion and mistrust.
  • One police source said it was because they harboured deep mistrust of authority, but mostly because of fear.
  • Mutual mistrust could be reduced by a two way translation of knowledge.

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