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DISTRUST, verb transitive [dis and trust. See Mistrust.]

1. To doubt or suspect the truth, fidelity, firmness or sincerity of; not to confide in or rely on. We distrust a man, when we question his veracity, etc. We may often distrust our own firmness.

2. To doubt; to suspect not to be real, true, sincere or firm. We distrust a mans courage, friendship, veracity, declarations, intentions or promises, when we question their reality or sincerity. We cannot distrust the declarations of God. We often have reason to distrust our own resolutions.


1. Doubt or suspicion of reality or sincerity; want of confidence, faith or reliance. Sycophants should be heard with distrust distrust mars the pleasures of friendship and social intercourse.

2. Discredit; loss of confidence.