distrustful


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dis·trust·ful

 (dĭs-trŭst′fəl)
adj.
Feeling or showing doubt.

dis·trust′ful·ly adv.
dis·trust′ful·ness n.

dis•trust•ful

(dɪsˈtrʌst fəl)

adj.
unable or unwilling to trust; suspicious.
[1585–95]
dis•trust′ful•ly, adv.
dis•trust′ful•ness, n.
ThesaurusAntonymsRelated WordsSynonymsLegend:
Adj.1.distrustful - having or showing distrust; "a man of distrustful nature"; "my experience...in other fields of law has made me distrustful of rules of thumb generally"- B.N.Cardozo; "vigilant and distrustful superintendence"- Thomas Jefferson
incredulous - not disposed or willing to believe; unbelieving
trustful, trusting - inclined to believe or confide readily; full of trust; "great brown eye, true and trustful"- Nordhoff & Hall

distrustful

adjective suspicious, doubting, wary, cynical, doubtful, sceptical, uneasy, dubious, distrusting, disbelieving, leery (slang), mistrustful, chary Voters are distrustful of all politicians.

distrustful

adjective
Lacking trust or confidence:
Translations
غَيْر واثِق، مُرْتاب، شَكّاك
nedůvěřivý
mistroisk
tortrygginn
güvensizitimatsız

distrustful

[dɪsˈtrʌstfʊl] ADJdesconfiado, receloso

distrustful

[dɪsˈtrʌstfʊl] adjméfiant(e)
to be distrustful of sth/sb → se méfier de qch/qn

distrustful

adjmisstrauisch (of gegenüber)

distrustful

[dɪsˈtrʌstfʊl] adjdiffidente

distrust

(disˈtrast) noun
suspicion; lack of trust or faith. He has always had a distrust of electrical gadgets.
verb
to have no trust in. He distrusts his own judgement.
disˈtrustful adjective
disˈtrustfully adverb
disˈtrustfulness noun
References in classic literature ?
But when the army is restless and distrustful, trouble is sure to come from the other feudal princes.
Captain Ahab, said the reddening mate, moving further into the cabin, with a daring so strangely respectful and cautious that it almost seemed not only every way seeking to avoid the slightest outward manifestation of itself, but within also seemed more than half distrustful of itself; A better man than I might well pass over in thee what he would quickly enough resent in a younger man; aye
They can still be called back," said one of his suite, who like Count Orlov felt distrustful of the adventure when he looked at the enemy's camp.
He had reported to Aramis what had taken place, and Aramis, not less distrustful than he, had increased his suspicions.
She was quick at understanding the grandmothers who spoke no English, and the most reticent and distrustful of them would tell her their story without realizing they were doing so.
In giving him this direction Mr Chuckster remarked that he wished that he might be blessed if he could make out whether he (Kit) was 'precious raw' or 'precious deep,' but intimated by a distrustful shake of the head, that he inclined to the latter opinion.
They are distrustful of anchorites, and do not believe that we come with gifts.
Once habituated to his distrustful manner," said I, "I have done very well.
Often, also, the worthy fellow revolved around Fix, looking at him with a keen, distrustful eye; but he did not speak to him, for their old intimacy no longer existed.
All these cares and worries and disappointments tortured my poor father until he became moody and distrustful.
Henri turned away; dissatifaction was plainly evinced in her face, and a smile, slight and brief, but bitter, distrustful, and, I thought, scornful, curled her lip as she took her place in the class; it was a secret, involuntary smile, which lasted but a second; an air of depression succeeded, chased away presently by one of attention and interest, when I gave the word for all the pupils to take their reading-books.
The meeting between the two leaders, thus mutually distrustful, could not be very cordial: and as to Messrs.