• WordNet 3.6
    • v distrust regard as untrustworthy; regard with suspicion; have no faith or confidence in
    • n distrust the trait of not trusting others
    • n distrust doubt about someone's honesty
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Webster's Revised Unabridged Dictionary
    • distrust Doubt of sufficiency, reality, or sincerity; lack of confidence, faith, or reliance; as, distrust of one's power, authority, will, purposes, schemes, etc.
    • distrust State of being suspected; loss of trust.
    • distrust Suspicion of evil designs. "Alienation and distrust . . . are the growth of false principles."
    • v. t distrust 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.Mistrust has been almost wholly driven out by distrust. "Not distrusting my health.""To distrust the justice of your cause.""He that requireth the oath doth distrust that other.""Of all afraid, Distrusting all, a wise, suspicious maid."
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Century Dictionary and Cyclopedia
    • n distrust Absence of trust; doubt or suspicion; want of confidence, faith, or reliance: as, to listen with distrust; to look upon a project with distrust.
    • n distrust Discredit; loss of credit or confidence
    • distrust To withhold trust or confidence from; doubt or suspect; refuse to confide in, rely upon, or give credence to: as, to distrust a man's veracity; I distrust his intentions.
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Chambers's Twentieth Century Dictionary
    • n Distrust dis-trust′ want of trust: want of faith or confidence: doubt
    • v.t Distrust to have no trust in: to disbelieve: to doubt
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  • H. L. Mencken
    “The older I grow the more I distrust the familiar doctrine that age brings wisdom.”
  • Brian Moore
    Brian Moore
    “The silent majority distrusts people who believe in causes.”
  • Joseph Roux
    Joseph Roux
    “Say nothing good of yourself, you will be distrusted; say nothing bad of yourself, you will be taken at your word.”
  • James Baldwin
    “It is very nearly impossible... to become an educated person in a country so distrustful of the independent mind.”
  • Francois De La Rochefoucauld
    “It is more shameful to distrust our friends than to be deceived by them.”
  • Arthur Schopenhauer
    “The greatest achievements of the human mind are generally received with distrust.”


Webster's Revised Unabridged Dictionary
Cf. Mistrust


In literature:

I think I abated their distrust.
"The Confidence-Man" by Herman Melville
We felt an only too natural distrust of immense public meetings and enthusiastic cheers.
"Harvard Classics Volume 28" by Various
When I was sufficiently close to him, I felt less distrustful.
"The Works of Guy de Maupassant, Volume VIII." by Guy de Maupassant
Curious that she should feel this extreme distrust of her companion, when she had been her ardent defender in their earlier acquaintance!
"The Red Cross Girls with the Russian Army" by Margaret Vandercook
His association with Gates and his subsequent career in France, made him an object of distrust.
"A Political History of the State of New York, Volumes 1-3" by DeAlva Stanwood Alexander
It is something more radical and of longer standing than distrust of the motives or probable policy of the Republican party.
"The Writings of James Russell Lowell in Prose and Poetry, Volume V" by James Russell Lowell
We must again guard our minds from any encroaching distrust of the individuals of a nation.
"Creative Unity" by Rabindranath Tagore
England had trusted the Tudors, it distrusted the Stuarts.
"History of the English People, Volume V (of 8)" by John Richard Green
To conceal the swift, silent approaches of spirit to spirit, so full of inquiry and self-revelation, fugitive reserves and fugitive distrusts.
"The History of Sir Richard Calmady" by Lucas Malet
His vacation had ended in a cloud of distrust.
"The Tyranny of the Dark" by Hamlin Garland
He had a sleepless distrust of Parliaments, and his distrust was already justified.
"History of the English People, Volume VI (of 8)" by John Richard Green
All parties hated and distrusted each other, more than they did the iron despotism of Mazarin.
"A Modern History, From the Time of Luther to the Fall of Napoleon" by John Lord
Don Pasquale maliciously communicates his intentions to the young widow Norina telling her to distrust Malatesta.
"The Standard Operaglass" by Charles Annesley
Trust, which is faith, is self-distrust.
"Expositions of Holy Scripture" by Alexander Maclaren
Also, she had brought her niece up to hate and distrust them.
"Lucy Maud Montgomery Short Stories, 1909 to 1922" by Lucy Maud Montgomery
Give me your reasons for distrusting my willingness to stand by what I have said with regard to Mistress Lucy.
"Curious, if True" by Elizabeth Gaskell
At this time they had special reasons for distrusting Leopold and his advisers.
"William Pitt and the Great War" by John Holland Rose
Bedford distrusted Bute and refused to take office.
"The Political History of England - Vol. X." by William Hunt
I am confident, that not having a distrust of such attempts, the success would be more certain.
"The Diplomatic Correspondence of the American Revolution, Vol. IX" by Various
The extreme of distrust, in these matters, is almost as mischievous as the extreme of credulity.
"Introduction to the Study of History" by Charles V. Langlois

In poetry:

And thrilled with ecstasy
When, half distrustfully,
A timid bud appeared,
A tender scion reared
In window greenery.
"The Miracle Of Spring" by Hattie Howard
I bow my forehead to the dust,
I veil mine eyes for shame,
And urge, in trembling self-distrust,
A prayer without a claim.
"The Eternal Goodness" by John Greenleaf Whittier
And grant that she who, trembling, here
Distrusted all her powers,
May welcome to her holier home
The well-beloved of ours.
"Gone" by John Greenleaf Whittier
But let me not, O God! receive
Distrustful Thy almighty word:
'Twere better never to believe
Than to mistrust and dread Thee, Lord!
"Lord! I believe" by John Bowring
But vow'd I have, and never must
Your banish'd servant trouble you;
For if I break, you may distrust
The vow I made to love you, too.
"The Self Banished" by Edmund Waller
The Lord is King! who then shall dare
Resist His will, distrust His care,
Or murmur at His wise decrees,
Or doubt His royal promises?
"The Lord is King! lift up thy voice," by Josiah Conder

In news:

Distrust of police in Center City neighborhoods frustrates some investigations.
South LA residents affected by USC's development plans distrust $1 billion redevelopment.
New study says most Americans distrust the Internet.
In Spain, public distrust feeds economic meltdown.
When an essayist calls his collection " Distrust That Particular Flavor," it is probably best to solve the titular mystery first.
Abuse of power fuels flames of societal distrust .
Popular distrust challenges peaceful rise of India and China.
U.S.-China Nuclear Talks Stymied by Distrust and Miscommunication.
New Poll Finds a Deep Distrust of Government.
Images of Gaddafi's death highlight visual distrust in the digital age.
For US And Russia, Distrust Still Runs High.
Poll shows Japanese distrust government after disaster.
North Carolina starts practice amid questions, distrust .
Distrust of Obama Runs Deep.
Stalled diplomacy or 'suspicion and distrust .

In science:

This could be interpreted as a feeling of distrust.
Menger 1934 revisited
Whereas this may sound similar to problems in QKD, note that the setting is entirely different when proving security between two mutually distrustful parties, and security in QKD does not imply security in this model.
Quantum to Classical Randomness Extractors
PII data are observable to distrusted entities (e.g.
A Revised Classification of Anonymity
If the an cilla is in |1i, we distrust the state of the first qubit and reject it.
Experimental Quantum Computation with Nuclear Spins in Liquid Solution
For example, a social network may consist of positive and negative links, respectively pointing to friends and foes [153], or trusted and distrusted peers [154].
Link Prediction in Complex Networks: A Survey
Tomkins, Propagation of trust and distrust, In Proceedings of WWW’2004, ACM Press, New York, 2004.
Link Prediction in Complex Networks: A Survey
Apparently the result that there is no exact satisfactory relativistic localization (but only one sufficient for all practical purposes) disappointed Wigner so much, that he became distrustful of the usefulness of QFT in particle physics altogether (private communication by R.
Basic Quantum Theory and Measurement from the Viewpoint of Local Quantum Physics
In Ostwald’s classification romantic physicists loved atoms and their curious properties, while classical physicists distrusted what they considered extravagant departures from conventional physics in the search for a quantum theory.
Summary; Inflation and Traditions of Research