- Distrust is defined as a lack of trust or confidence.
An example of distrust is when you don't believe the story your child told you about how he crashed the car.
- The definition of distrust is to have doubt or suspicion.
An example of distrust with when you treat all lawyers with suspicion because you don't think they charge fair prices.
transitive verbdis·trust·ed, dis·trust·ing, dis·trusts
- Lack of trust or confidence.
(third-person singular simple present distrusts, present participle distrusting, simple past and past participle distrusted)
dis- + trust
- He hasn't given us any reason to distrust him.
- I had no reason to distrust you.
- But, he decided, he had no reason to distrust the man.
- Owing to the panic of 1893, distrust of the free silver movement and the expenditure of large campaign funds, the Republicans were successful in the gubernational election of 1895 and the presidential election of 1896.
- He was full of doubt and self-distrust; disgust for the world did not seem to him a sufficient qualification for the religious life, and his daily prayer was, "Lord!