distrust dis*trust", n. 1. Doubt of sufficiency, reality, or sincerity; lack of confidence, faith, or reliance; as, distrust of one's power, authority, will, purposes, schemes, etc. [1913 Webster]

2. Suspicion of evil designs. [1913 Webster]

Alienation and distrust . . . are the growth of false principles. --D. Webster. [1913 Webster]

3. State of being suspected; loss of trust. --Milton. [1913 Webster]

The Collaborative International Dictionary of English. 2000.


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