To mistrust is to feel uneasy about someone or something. If you mistrust bus drivers, you may decide to walk instead.

Are you suspicious of clowns in general? Then you mistrust them. This verb has a very similar meaning to distrust — as nouns, both words mean "a lack of trust." A subtle difference between the two is that distrust tends to be based on a bad experience (if a clown once pinched you, you will probably always distrust that clown). Mistrust, on the other hand, is a more general sense of suspicion.

Definitions of mistrust

v regard as untrustworthy; regard with suspicion; have no faith or confidence in

distrust, suspect
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

n the trait of not trusting others

distrust, distrustfulness
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

n doubt about someone's honesty

distrust, misgiving, suspicion
Type of:
doubt, doubtfulness, dubiety, dubiousness, incertitude, uncertainty
the state of being unsure of something

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