What does distrust mean?

Definitions for distrust

Here are all the possible meanings and translations of the word distrust.

Princeton's WordNet

  1. misgiving, mistrust, distrust, suspicionnoun

    doubt about someone's honesty

  2. distrust, distrustfulness, mistrustverb

    the trait of not trusting others

  3. distrust, mistrust, suspectverb

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


  1. distrustnoun

    Lack of trust or confidence.

    Etymology: From dis- + trust

  2. distrustverb

    To put no trust in; to have no confidence in.

    Etymology: From dis- + trust

Webster Dictionary

  1. Distrustverb

    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

    Etymology: [Cf. Mistrust.]

  2. Distrustnoun

    doubt of sufficiency, reality, or sincerity; want of confidence, faith, or reliance; as, distrust of one's power, authority, will, purposes, schemes, etc

    Etymology: [Cf. Mistrust.]

  3. Distrustnoun

    suspicion of evil designs

    Etymology: [Cf. Mistrust.]

  4. Distrustnoun

    state of being suspected; loss of trust

    Etymology: [Cf. Mistrust.]


  1. Distrust

    Distrust is a formal way of not trusting any one party too much in a situation of grave risk or deep doubt. It is commonly expressed in civics as a division or balance of powers, or in politics as means of validating treaty terms. Systems based on distrust simply divide the responsibility so that checks and balances can operate. The phrase "Trust, but verify" refers specifically to distrust. An electoral system or adversarial process inevitably is based on distrust, but not on mistrust. Parties compete in the system, but they do not compete to subvert the system itself, or gain bad faith advantage through it - if they do they are easily caught by the others. Of course much mistrust does exist between parties, and it is exactly this which motivates putting in place a formal system of distrust. Diplomatic protocol for instance, which applies between states, relies on such means as formal disapproval which in effect say "we do not trust that person". It also tends to rely on a strict etiquette - distrusting each person's habits to signal their intent, and instead relying on a global standard for behaviour in sensitive social settings. A protocol as defined in computer science uses a more formal idea of distrust itself. Different parts of a system are not supposed to "trust" each other but rather perform specific assertions, requests and validations. Once these are passed, the responsibility for errors lies strictly with the receiving part of the system, not that which sent the original information. Applying this principle inside one program is called contract-based design.

Chambers 20th Century Dictionary

  1. Distrust

    dis-trust′, n. want of trust: want of faith or confidence: doubt.—v.t. to have no trust in: to disbelieve: to doubt.—adj. Distrust′ful, full of distrust: apt to distrust: suspicious.—adv. Distrust′fully.—n. Distrust′fulness.—adj. Distrust′less.

Matched Categories

How to pronounce distrust?

How to say distrust in sign language?


  1. Chaldean Numerology

    The numerical value of distrust in Chaldean Numerology is: 9

  2. Pythagorean Numerology

    The numerical value of distrust in Pythagorean Numerology is: 4

Examples of distrust in a Sentence

  1. Amir Islam:

    I ca n’t speak for those people, nor do I know what was really said. the information was given by law enforcement, who I heavily distrust, and those of us in our movement distrust.

  2. Henry L. Stimson:

    The chief lesson I have learned in a long life is that the only way to make a man trustworthy is to trust him; and the surest way to make him untrustworthy is to distrust him and show your distrust.

  3. Kenny Bell:

    Terrorists and extremists use this kind of ideology to create discord, distrust and fear among our communities and we strive to counter this. I would encourage people to report hate crime to us and it will be taken seriously.

  4. Hillary Clinton:

    My approach will be distrust and verify, we should anticipate that Iran will test the next president.

  5. Abby Stoddard:

    If you're going to stand out as a foreigner, you might create more distrust as to what you are doing there and bring more risk on yourself, and aid workers are treated suspiciously anyway.

Images & Illustrations of distrust

  1. distrustdistrustdistrustdistrustdistrust

Popularity rank by frequency of use


Translations for distrust

From our Multilingual Translation Dictionary

Get even more translations for distrust »


Find a translation for the distrust definition in other languages:

Select another language:

  • - Select -
  • 简体中文 (Chinese - Simplified)
  • 繁體中文 (Chinese - Traditional)
  • Español (Spanish)
  • Esperanto (Esperanto)
  • 日本語 (Japanese)
  • Português (Portuguese)
  • Deutsch (German)
  • العربية (Arabic)
  • Français (French)
  • Русский (Russian)
  • ಕನ್ನಡ (Kannada)
  • 한국어 (Korean)
  • עברית (Hebrew)
  • Gaeilge (Irish)
  • Українська (Ukrainian)
  • اردو (Urdu)
  • Magyar (Hungarian)
  • मानक हिन्दी (Hindi)
  • Indonesia (Indonesian)
  • Italiano (Italian)
  • தமிழ் (Tamil)
  • Türkçe (Turkish)
  • తెలుగు (Telugu)
  • ภาษาไทย (Thai)
  • Tiếng Việt (Vietnamese)
  • Čeština (Czech)
  • Polski (Polish)
  • Bahasa Indonesia (Indonesian)
  • Românește (Romanian)
  • Nederlands (Dutch)
  • Ελληνικά (Greek)
  • Latinum (Latin)
  • Svenska (Swedish)
  • Dansk (Danish)
  • Suomi (Finnish)
  • فارسی (Persian)
  • ייִדיש (Yiddish)
  • հայերեն (Armenian)
  • Norsk (Norwegian)
  • English (English)

Word of the Day

Would you like us to send you a FREE new word definition delivered to your inbox daily?

Please enter your email address:

Discuss these distrust definitions with the community:



    Use the citation below to add this definition to your bibliography:


    "distrust." Definitions.net. STANDS4 LLC, 2021. Web. 16 Sep. 2021. <https://www.definitions.net/definition/distrust>.

    Are we missing a good definition for distrust? Don't keep it to yourself...

    Browse Definitions.net

    Free, no signup required:

    Add to Chrome

    Get instant definitions for any word that hits you anywhere on the web!

    Free, no signup required:

    Add to Firefox

    Get instant definitions for any word that hits you anywhere on the web!


    Are you a words master?

    a shortage of rainfall
    • A. humility
    • B. bowel
    • C. disguise
    • D. drought

    Nearby & related entries:

    Alternative searches for distrust: