AskDefine | Define mistrust

Dictionary Definition



1 doubt about someone's honesty [syn: misgiving, distrust, suspicion]
2 the trait of not trusting others [syn: distrust, distrustfulness] [ant: trust] v : regard as untrustworthy; regard with suspicion; have no faith or confidence in [syn: distrust, suspect] [ant: trust, trust]

User Contributed Dictionary




  1. Lack of trust or confidence.


lack of trust


  1. To have no confidence in something
  2. To be wary, suspicious or doubtful


Extensive Definition

Mistrust is the act of believing that a particular party has a hidden agenda. This can happen in everyday life in situations where the parties otherwise trust each other, but find themselves questioning that trust. Mistrust is different from distrust, in which the lack of trust seems clear to the believer (and usually to the recipient), as in war.

Synonyms, Antonyms and Related Words

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