distrusted; distrusting; distrusts

Distrust is a feeling of doubt about some person or thing. We distrust people who aren't honest.

When you trust someone, you believe in her, so the opposite is true of distrust. Trust is from the Old Norse word traust meaning "confidence." Put a dis in front of it, and to distrust is to have no confidence in someone or something. As a noun, distrust is the feeling of doubt. In a corrupt workplace, there will be a lot of distrust. Where there's distrust, there's not much harmony.

Definitions of distrust
  1. noun
    doubt about someone's honesty
    synonyms: misgiving, mistrust, suspicion
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    type of:
    doubt, doubtfulness, dubiety, dubiousness, incertitude, uncertainty
    the state of being unsure of something
  2. noun
    the trait of not trusting others
    synonyms: distrustfulness, mistrust
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    trust, trustfulness, trustingness
    the trait of believing in the honesty and reliability of others
    suspicion, suspiciousness
    being of a suspicious nature
    type of:
    a distinguishing feature of your personal nature
  3. verb
    regard as untrustworthy; regard with suspicion; have no faith or confidence in
    synonyms: disbelieve, mistrust, suspect
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    bank, rely, swear, trust
    have confidence or faith in
    lack confidence in or have doubts about
    type of:
    disbelieve, discredit
    reject as false; refuse to accept
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