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mistrust

Noun

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]

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English

Pronunciation

Noun

  1. Lack of trust or confidence.

Translations

lack of trust

Verb

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

Antonyms

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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