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mistrust

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