Hypertext Webster Gateway: "distrust"

From Webster's Revised Unabridged Dictionary (1913) (web1913)

Distrust \Dis*trust"\, n.
1. Doubt of sufficiency, reality, or sincerity; want of
confidence, faith, or reliance; as, distrust of one's
power, authority, will, purposes, schemes, etc.

2. Suspicion of evil designs.

Alienation and distrust . . . are the growth of
false principles. --D. Webster.

3. State of being suspected; loss of trust. --Milton.

From Webster's Revised Unabridged Dictionary (1913) (web1913)

Distrust \Dis*trust"\, v. t. [imp. & p. p. {Distrusted}; p. pr.
& vb. n. {Distrusting}.] [Cf. {Mistrust}.]
To feel absence of trust in; not to confide in or rely upon;
to deem of questionable sufficiency or reality; to doubt; to
be suspicious of; to mistrust.

Not distrusting my health. --2 Mac. ix.

To distrust the justice of your cause. --Dryden.

He that requireth the oath doth distrust that other.

Of all afraid, Distrusting all, a wise, suspicious
maid. --Collins.

Note: Mistrust has been almost wholly driven out by distrust.
--T. L. K. Oliphant.

From WordNet (r) 1.7 (wn)

n 1: doubt about someone's honesty [syn: {misgiving}, {mistrust},
2: the trait of not trusting others [syn: {distrustfulness}, {mistrust}]
[ant: {trust}]
v 1: regard as untrustworthy; regard with suspicion; have no
faith or confidence in [syn: {mistrust}, {suspect}]
[ant: {trust}, {trust}]
2: suspect to be false; "I distrust that man" [syn: {suspect},

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