Definition of mistrust in English:



[with object]
  • Be suspicious of; have no confidence in.

    ‘she had no cause to mistrust him’
    • ‘If your opponent hates or mistrusts you from the start, let him.’
    • ‘The world mistrusts us and reviles our president for this.’
    • ‘For years this community has been mistrusted by wider society.’
    • ‘This, however, is another reason for mistrusting the application.’
    • ‘You do not say why this chap mistrusts you, but if there is no reason you can think of, then you need a new best friend, and he needs a shrink.’
    • ‘From her point of view, it was better not to mention the mistake because it was only a small mistake and admitting it would only result in her boss mistrusting her ability.’
    • ‘Suddenly the media went from mistrusting him to calling him crazy.’
    • ‘He innately fears and mistrusts others, and therefore believes in maintaining barriers between himself and others just on general principle.’
    • ‘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.’
    • ‘Is it because they see it as a form of social welfare and this is a government that mistrusts social welfare?’
    • ‘Maybe there's a reason a person on that block mistrusts the cops.’
    • ‘A man who loves the company of children and mistrusts the state has found the right job.’
    • ‘They mistrusted theatrical actors as being artificial, so those actors got bypassed and the directors were bringing people off the streets, which did produce a naturalistic kind of actor.’
    • ‘But he mistrusted Marxist economics (Marxist materialism as it's called) which he saw as a mechanistic and limiting view of the human story.’
    • ‘Public debate, independent of any involvement by the regulator, is mistrusted - if it is recognised at all.’
    • ‘One wisely mistrusts the obvious answers here.’
    • ‘I have more pragmatic reasons for mistrusting them too.’
    • ‘After mistrusting everything I had been taught because I grew up and realised I was surrounded by uneducated dimwits, I had started to mistrust a lot of what society deems appropriate and inappropriate.’
    • ‘Keep the virtues - mistrusting government, exploding myths, analyzing media - but apply them impartially.’
    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
    question, challenge, doubt, disbelieve, have no confidence in, have no faith in, query
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mass noun
  • Lack of trust; suspicion.

    ‘the public mistrust of government’
    • ‘All this mysticism promoted a general mistrust of alchemists.’
    • ‘Never has there been such mistrust of politicians; such contempt, cynicism, ridicule.’
    • ‘Mutual mistrust could be reduced by a two way translation of knowledge.’
    • ‘But separatism only widened the gulf and deepened the mistrust, which was a hurdle in maintaining peace and harmony.’
    • ‘An unreasonable fear of flying and a general mistrust of machines make some people hesitate to take a flight.’
    • ‘But it is possible to respond creatively to public mistrust.’
    • ‘As public mistrust has grown so has the savings gap, and it shows little sign of closing.’
    • ‘Rising orders and slowing inflation can't repair growing mistrust among investors.’
    • ‘Conflict is often necessary and useful to an organization, although destructive conflict can breed mistrust and stagnation.’
    • ‘Overcoming the institutional mistrust of outsiders held by both prison staff and prisoners themselves presented something of a challenge.’
    • ‘The number-one change they identified was a growing mistrust among patients and their families of caregivers.’
    • ‘The result was skepticism and a deep-seated mistrust toward politics which was to continue after immigration to the United States.’
    • ‘I didn't bank on its ability to breed mistrust.’
    • ‘What many of these allegedly liberal protests reveal is a profound mistrust of the public.’
    • ‘The relationship is new and raw, and mistrust on both sides runs deep.’
    • ‘And perhaps most importantly, it can only increase yet again public cynicism and mistrust of government and politics.’
    • ‘Adolescents' mistrust of adult authority frequently complicates the detection of substance abuse.’
    • ‘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.’
    • ‘He embarks on his course of inquiry with an anarchist's instinctive mistrust of power.’
    suspicion, distrust, doubt, misgivings, wariness, circumspection
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