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From The Collaborative International Dictionary of English v.0.48 [gcide]:

  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.
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     2. Suspicion of evil designs.
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              Alienation and distrust . . . are the growth of
              false principles.                     --D. Webster.
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     3. State of being suspected; loss of trust. --Milton.
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From The Collaborative International Dictionary of English v.0.48 [gcide]:

  distrust \dis*trust"\, v. t. [imp. & p. p. {Distrusted}; p. pr.
     & vb. n. {Distrusting}.] [Cf. {Mistrust}.]
     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.
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           Not distrusting my health.               --2 Mac. ix.
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           To distrust the justice of your cause.   --Dryden.
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           He that requireth the oath doth distrust that other.
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           Of all afraid,
           Distrusting all, a wise, suspicious maid. --Collins.
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     Note: Mistrust has been almost wholly driven out by distrust.
           --T. L. K. Oliphant.
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From WordNet (r) 2.0 [wn]:

       n 1: doubt about someone's honesty [syn: {misgiving}, {mistrust},
       2: the trait of not trusting others [syn: {distrustfulness}, {mistrust}]
          [ant: {trust}]
       v : regard as untrustworthy; regard with suspicion; have no
           faith or confidence in [syn: {mistrust}, {suspect}] [ant:
            {trust}, {trust}]

From Moby Thesaurus II by Grady Ward, 1.0 [moby-thes]:

  60 Moby Thesaurus words for "distrust":
     Pyrrhonism, apprehension, awake a doubt, be diffident, be doubtful,
     be dubious, be possessive, be skeptical, be uncertain, cageyness,
     call in question, caution, challenge, chariness, contest,
     diffidence, disbelief, disbelieve, discredit, dispute,
     distrustfulness, doubt, doubtfulness, dubiety, dubiousness,
     greet with skepticism, half believe, half-belief,
     harbor suspicions, have reservations, hesitancy, hesitation,
     incredulity, leeriness, misdoubt, misgive, misgiving, mistrust,
     mistrustfulness, qualm, query, question, raise a question,
     scepticism, scruple, scrupulousness, self-doubt, shadow of doubt,
     skepticalness, skepticism, smell a rat, suspect, suspicion,
     suspiciousness, throw doubt upon, total skepticism,
     treat with reserve, unbelieve, uncertainty, wariness

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