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mis·trust

 (mĭs-trŭst′)
n.
Lack of trust or confidence: I viewed the stranger's advice with mistrust.
tr.v. mis·trust·ed, mis·trust·ing, mis·trusts
1. To regard without trust or confidence: He mistrusted his lieutenant.
2. To doubt the truth or sincerity of: I mistrust everything he says.

mis·trust′ful adj.
mis·trust′ful·ly adv.
mis·trust′ful·ness n.

mistrust

(ˌmɪsˈtrʌst)
vb
to have doubts or suspicions about (someone or something)
n
distrust
ˌmisˈtruster n
ˌmisˈtrustful adj
ˌmisˈtrustfully adv
ˌmisˈtrustfulness n

mis•trust

(mɪsˈtrʌst)

n.
1. lack of trust or confidence; distrust.
v.t.
2. to regard with mistrust, suspicion, or doubt; distrust.
3. to suspect or surmise.
v.i.
4. to be distrustful.
[1350–1400]
mis•trust′er, n.
mis•trust′ful, adj.

Trust/Mistrust

 

See Also: UNCERTAINTY

  1. Finding paranoia in your heart is like discovering a lump in your breast —just knowing it’s there won’t make it go away —Jerry Bumpus
  2. As confiding as a doe peeping between the tree trunks —Vita Sackville-West
  3. As suspicious of me as Hamlet was of his mother —Daphne Merkin
  4. Carried years of suspicion strapped to her hip like a gun —Ann Jasperson
  5. Confidence in an unfaithful man in time of trouble is like a broken tooth, and a foot out of joint —The Holy Bible/Proverbs
  6. Confidence (in their amorous destinies) like that of birds in their wings —William Faulkner
  7. Confidence, like the soul, never returns, once it is gone —Publius Syrus
  8. Doubt … secret and gnawing like a worm —Joseph Conrad
  9. Doubts seemed to steam like wet flies inside his own head —Julia O’Faolain
  10. Head … awhirl with doubts like a sky full of starlings —George Garrett
  11. He was like a suspicion-caked old prospector —Ellery Queen
  12. It [the thought that something was not right] was on the edge of her mind like a speck at the corner of your eye or fluff in your nostril —Julia O’Faolain
  13. Lean on … like a man on crutches —Ross Macdonald
  14. Mistrust swells like a prune —Marge Piercy
  15. No more to be trusted (with news) than a cat with a saucer of milk —Christopher Isherwood
  16. Suspicion amongst thoughts are like bats amongst birds, they ever fly by twilight —Francis Bacon
  17. Suspicion developed like a muscle —F. Scott Fitzgerald
  18. Suspicious … as a rat near strange bread —Patrick Kavanagh
  19. Suspicious as a wild cat —Frank Swinnerton
  20. Trust as I’d trust a rattlesnake —Anon
  21. A trust, fierce and passionate, burning in her like a prayer —F. Scott Fitzgerald
  22. Trust flourishes like a potato plant, mostly underground —Marge Piercy
  23. As trusting to the future as a blind sky-diver —Richard Ford
  24. Trust is like an egg and it’s not like an egg. If you want to break an egg you have to do it from the outside. The only way to break up a trust is from the inside —O. Henry
  25. Trustworthy as advice given by a cat to a mouse —Anon

    A simile with clear links to an Arabic proverb: “He gives advice such as a cat gives to a mouse.”

  26. Wearing doubt like a raincoat —Carlos Baker

mistrust


Past participle: mistrusted
Gerund: mistrusting

Imperative
mistrust
mistrust
Present
I mistrust
you mistrust
he/she/it mistrusts
we mistrust
you mistrust
they mistrust
Preterite
I mistrusted
you mistrusted
he/she/it mistrusted
we mistrusted
you mistrusted
they mistrusted
Present Continuous
I am mistrusting
you are mistrusting
he/she/it is mistrusting
we are mistrusting
you are mistrusting
they are mistrusting
Present Perfect
I have mistrusted
you have mistrusted
he/she/it has mistrusted
we have mistrusted
you have mistrusted
they have mistrusted
Past Continuous
I was mistrusting
you were mistrusting
he/she/it was mistrusting
we were mistrusting
you were mistrusting
they were mistrusting
Past Perfect
I had mistrusted
you had mistrusted
he/she/it had mistrusted
we had mistrusted
you had mistrusted
they had mistrusted
Future
I will mistrust
you will mistrust
he/she/it will mistrust
we will mistrust
you will mistrust
they will mistrust
Future Perfect
I will have mistrusted
you will have mistrusted
he/she/it will have mistrusted
we will have mistrusted
you will have mistrusted
they will have mistrusted
Future Continuous
I will be mistrusting
you will be mistrusting
he/she/it will be mistrusting
we will be mistrusting
you will be mistrusting
they will be mistrusting
Present Perfect Continuous
I have been mistrusting
you have been mistrusting
he/she/it has been mistrusting
we have been mistrusting
you have been mistrusting
they have been mistrusting
Future Perfect Continuous
I will have been mistrusting
you will have been mistrusting
he/she/it will have been mistrusting
we will have been mistrusting
you will have been mistrusting
they will have been mistrusting
Past Perfect Continuous
I had been mistrusting
you had been mistrusting
he/she/it had been mistrusting
we had been mistrusting
you had been mistrusting
they had been mistrusting
Conditional
I would mistrust
you would mistrust
he/she/it would mistrust
we would mistrust
you would mistrust
they would mistrust
Past Conditional
I would have mistrusted
you would have mistrusted
he/she/it would have mistrusted
we would have mistrusted
you would have mistrusted
they would have mistrusted
ThesaurusAntonymsRelated WordsSynonymsLegend:
Noun1.mistrust - doubt about someone's honestymistrust - doubt about someone's honesty  
doubt, doubtfulness, dubiety, dubiousness, incertitude, uncertainty - the state of being unsure of something
2.mistrust - the trait of not trusting others
trait - a distinguishing feature of your personal nature
suspiciousness, suspicion - being of a suspicious nature; "his suspiciousness destroyed his marriage"
Verb1.mistrust - regard as untrustworthymistrust - regard as untrustworthy; regard with suspicion; have no faith or confidence in
disbelieve, discredit - reject as false; refuse to accept
doubt - lack confidence in or have doubts about; "I doubt these reports"; "I suspect her true motives"; "she distrusts her stepmother"
rely, trust, swear, bank - have confidence or faith in; "We can trust in God"; "Rely on your friends"; "bank on your good education"; "I swear by my grandmother's recipes"

mistrust

noun
1. suspicion, scepticism, distrust, doubt, uncertainty, apprehension, misgiving, wariness, dubiety There was mutual mistrust between the two men.
verb
1. be wary of, suspect, beware, distrust, apprehend, have doubts about You should mistrust all journalists.

mistrust

nounverb
1. To lack trust or confidence in:
2. To be uncertain, disbelieving, or skeptical about:
Idiom: have one's doubts.
Translations
عَدَم ثِقَه، سوء ظَنلا يَثِق، يَرْتاب، يُسيء الظَّن
nedůvěranedůvěřovat
mistro
epäluottamus
nem bízik
vantraustvantreysta
be pasitikėjimoįtariaiįtariai žiūrėti įįtarus
neuzticētiesneuzticībaturēt aizdomās
güvenmemekgüvensizlik

mistrust

[ˌmɪsˈtrʌst]
A. Ndesconfianza f
B. VTdesconfiar de

mistrust

[ˌmɪsˈtrʌst]
nméfiance f
mistrust of → méfiance f à l'égard de

mistrust

nMisstrauen nt(of gegenüber)
vtmisstrauen (+dat)

mistrust

[ˌmɪsˈtrʌst]
1. n mistrust (of)diffidenza (nei confronti di)
2. vt (person, motives) → diffidare di; (one's own abilities) → dubitare di

mistrust

(misˈtrast) verb
to have no confidence or trust in.
noun
lack of confidence in something.
ˌmisˈtrustful adjective
ˌmisˈtrustfully adverb
References in classic literature ?
Sir, I mistrust it; this line looks far gone, long heat and wet have spoiled it.
And as she could now have nothing more painful to hear on the subject than had already been told, she did not mistrust her own ability of going through a repetition of particulars with composure.
Nature seemed to me benign and good; I thought she loved me, outcast as I was; and I, who from man could anticipate only mistrust, rejection, insult, clung to her with filial fondness.
Lorry looked at Jerry in considerable doubt and mistrust.
If I had any doubt of him, I suppose this half awakened it; but I am inclined to believe that with the simple confidence of a child, and the natural reliance of a child upon superior years(qualities I am very sorry any children should prematurely change for worldly wisdom), I had no serious mistrust of him on the whole, even then.
Not then mistrust, but tender love enjoynes, That I should mind thee oft, and mind thou me.
I think we had better go, Brandon," said Erskine, his mistrust of Trefusis growing.
He would go down the hillside into the cultivated lands by night, and look very curiously at the villagers in their huts, but he had a mistrust of men because Bagheera showed him a square box with a drop gate so cunningly hidden in the jungle that he nearly walked into it, and told him that it was a trap.
I mistrust these quiet moods of of his, so I have given the attendant a hint to look closely after him, and to have a strait waistcoat ready in case of need.
Passepartout, enchanted with his discovery, resolved to say nothing to his master, lest he should be justly offended at this mistrust on the part of his adversaries.
Whether by chance or mistrust, the queen made Madame de Surgis sleep in her chamber, and detained her all day.
Villefort's first impression was favorable; but he had been so often warned to mistrust first impulses, that he applied the maxim to the impression, forgetting the difference between the two words.