Definition of distrust noun from the Oxford Advanced Learner's Dictionary



BrE BrE//dɪsˈtrʌst//
; NAmE NAmE//dɪsˈtrʌst//
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[uncountable, singular] a feeling of not being able to trust somebody/something They looked at each other with distrust. distrust of somebody/something He has a deep distrust of all modern technology. Which Word?distrust / mistrust There is very little difference between these two words, but distrust is more common and perhaps slightly stronger. If you are sure that someone is acting dishonestly or cannot be relied on, you are more likely to say that you distrust them. If you are expressing doubts and suspicions, on the other hand, you would probably use mistrust.Extra examples He had a general distrust of the government. Nonconformists retained a deep distrust of their Anglican neighbours. She has a healthy distrust of door-to-door salesmen. The many policy changes have created growing distrust among employees. a distrust of the media distrust between the two governments distrust between the two police forces his distrust in politics investor distrust in the equity markets the popular distrust of foreigners after the war
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