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distrustfulness

Definitions

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  • n. The state or quality of being distrustful or doubtful; distrust; mistrust.

from The Century Dictionary and Cyclopedia

  • n. The state of being distrustful or suspicious; want of confidence.

from WordNet 3.0 Copyright 2006 by Princeton University. All rights reserved.

  • n. the trait of not trusting others

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Examples

  • This, in turn, had engendered a chronic distrustfulness, and his mind and character had become so warped that he was a very disagreeable man to deal with.

    THE MAN WITH THE GASH

  • The loss of a mate or a friend or a colleague through distrust is not a punishment for distrustfulness.

    Akoshia Yoba: It Takes One to Know One: Dancing With the Shadow Self

  • You know, ever since watching him on TV for the first time back in June, the Midterm Roundup has felt an eerie, sort of inexplicable sense of distrustfulness toward Tom Kean, Jr.

    Midterm Roundup

  • The second most common criticism leveled against the rape arc is that Veronica's combative distrustfulness has gone from a winning personality quirk to downright annoying, and Buffy alumni can be forgiven for fearing that the show's heroine is being made into such an extreme version of herself that soon it will strain credulity that anyone would actually be willing to spend time with her.

    Archive 2006-11-01

  • Such distrustfulness in Mitya, such lack of confidence even to him, to Alyosha — all this suddenly opened before Alyosha an unsuspected depth of hopeless grief and despair in the soul of his unhappy brother.

    The Brothers Karamazov

  • Men were among us by hundreds whom the ceaseless distrustfulness of their governments had followed privately, by means of appointed agents, to our shores.

    The Woman in White

  • Jonathan proceeded to give me a speech about how my distrustfulness seems to be a reoccurring theme.

    Horny Man and His Early Morning Phone Call

  • "You show a distrustfulness that is ... scarcely friendly."

    The Boat of a Million Years

  • So they grew up to be grave, taciturn men, still retaining the same strong resemblance of face and figure, though time had somewhat altered the features, by fixing a different expression on each, giving to John a fierce resolution, and to James a lurking distrustfulness of look.

    The Atlantic Monthly, Volume 07, No. 39, January, 1861

  • A ruled undemonstrative distrustfulness is so habitual, not with business-men so much, as with men who know their kind in less shallow relations than business, namely, certain men-of-the-world, that they come at last to employ it all but unconsciously; and some of them would very likely feel real surprise at being charged with it as one of their general characteristics.

    Billy Budd

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