distrust vb Distrust, mistrust are comparable both as verbs meaning to lack trust or confidence in someone or something and as nouns denoting such a lack of trust or confidence.
Distrust, however, implies far more certitude that something is wrong than mistrust; often it suggests conviction of another's guilt, treachery, or weakness

Octavius had imbibed sufficient philosophy to distrust the sword as a cure for all ills— Buchan


the same distrust and horror of the unnatural forms into which life for the majority of people is being forcedday Lewis

Mistrust suggests domination by suspicion and, usually, fear

he took me into a place so wild that a man less accustomed to these things might have mistrusted and feared for his lifeCather


something . . . roused in him a suspicion that in the near future he was not going to have matters quite so much his own way. However, he concealed his mistrust as well as he could— Mackenzie

Contrasted words: *rely, trust, depend, count, bank, reckon: confide, entrust, *commit, consign
distrust n mistrust (see under DISTRUST vb)
Analogous words: doubt, *uncertainty, dubiety, dubiosity, suspicion: *apprehension, foreboding, misgiving, presentiment
Contrasted words: confidence, *trust, reliance, dependence, faith

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