Definition of distrust in English:



mass noun
  • The feeling that someone or something cannot be relied upon.

    ‘the public's distrust of politicians’
    • ‘But it reflects the public distrust of the police.’
    • ‘Broad masses of the population are alienated from both parties and view their nominees with deep-seated distrust.’
    • ‘As somebody once remarked, distrust of authority should be the first civic duty.’
    • ‘The initial inquiry triggered sensational newspaper headlines and aroused widespread distrust of the state's public hospital system.’
    • ‘There can also be little doubt that cynicism and distrust of politicians has never been greater.’
    • ‘Overweening distrust of authority can lead to blindness as much as to liberation.’
    • ‘The big picture issues simply wash over people, lost in the public's distrust of politicians.’
    • ‘They reflect an inherent distrust of artistic or intellectual pursuits.’
    • ‘Paradoxically, the distrust is further fuelled by the desertion of an assistant counsel on the team last month.’
    • ‘Euphemisms are a quick fix for a debate context, but they breed distrust of even the most benign ideas.’
    • ‘At the time he also saw deepening distrust and hostility among the races taking root.’
    • ‘The distrust created in the aftermath of the scandals is still part of the landscape.’
    • ‘Such a perspective may reflect a basic distrust of the bureaucratic structures of many unions.’
    • ‘Ambiguity breeds distrust and a loss of credibility.’
    • ‘Two major factors contributed most powerfully to the discontent and distrust expressed by the family and consumer groups.’
    • ‘He expresses total distrust in the broad masses of the people.’
    • ‘Public distrust of the government pops up all over the place.’
    • ‘Such traditions often express a distrust of the meditative process and warn their adherents against its practice.’
    • ‘Many of his poems show an intense distrust for machinery, which is not surprising for poets of that age.’
    • ‘He regards me with a look that manages to combine confusion and profound distrust.’
    mistrust, suspicion, wariness, chariness, lack of trust, lack of confidence, lack of faith
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[with object]
  • Doubt the honesty or reliability of; regard with suspicion.

    ‘speculation remained that the Army distrusted the peace process’
    • ‘Descartes distrusted the senses and the imagination, but the self as res cogitans stands squarely at the centre of his philosophy.’
    • ‘Glass touched his lips, and Giles drew back, distrusting it.’
    • ‘Kelly distrusted them and suspected them of deliberate deception.’
    • ‘Western civilization in particular is distrusted as the modern incarnation of evil.’
    • ‘The party militias are widely distrusted because of their partisan nature.’
    • ‘My mother distrusted the parenting abilities of all my friends' parents to the point where it was embarrassing.’
    • ‘But keeping such ill feelings and distrusting the media as a whole is unfortunate.’
    • ‘And really, who can blame her for distrusting the world?’
    • ‘He always distrusted the military and had it intensively spied on.’
    • ‘Hughes rarely read books and distrusted people who did - anything she did not already know she saw no point in knowing.’
    • ‘‘Mariana,’ I answered after a moment, distrusting the man's jovial manner.’
    • ‘John Updike once wrote that he distrusted theories that explained men's behaviour in terms of them still being little boys.’
    • ‘Stoppages and disputes had been a problem, and many workers distrusted their managers.’
    • ‘They suspected his culture, distrusted his politics and opposed his economics.’
    • ‘However, his relentless authoritarianism as Home secretary has led him to be distrusted by many in the party.’
    • ‘And that is why I say, yes, it is very much about distrusting women, specifically.’
    • ‘Like turncoats throughout history, they were in danger of ending up distrusted by both sides.’
    • ‘There is nothing natural, and human biosocial defaults are always to be distrusted.’
    • ‘If no one knows what you really think and where you actually stand, they will end up instinctively distrusting you.’
    • ‘The radical leaders distrusted the private sector altogether because of its close ties to the West.’
    mistrust, be suspicious of, be chary of, be wary of, regard with suspicion, suspect, look askance at, have no confidence in, have no faith in
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