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mistrustfulness

Definitions

from The Century Dictionary.

  • noun The state or quality of being mistrustful; suspicion; doubt.

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Examples

  • Another nature seemed to have been lent him: the infection of the excitement and youth about him entered into and transformed his moody mistrustfulness.

    A Portrait of the Artist as a Young Man

  • Now I noticed a severity, even a sort of mistrustfulness in her eyes.

    The Insulted and the Injured

  • Mitya drew back his hand, but at once blamed himself for his mistrustfulness.

    The Brothers Karamazov

  • This mistrustfulness offended others of his friends, and, in particular, Munatius, the most intimate of them all, became almost irreconcilable.

    The Lives of the Noble Grecians and Romans

  • Yes, my old friend was right; she had been ill-treated; her hurt could not be healed, and she seemed purposely trying to aggravate her wound by this mysterious behaviour, this mistrustfulness of us all; as though she enjoyed her own pain by this egoism of suffering, if I may so express it.

    The Insulted and the Injured

  • I found in him, on the contrary, an extreme mistrustfulness concealed under a mask of naivete, and an intelligence of considerable range.

    The Brothers Karamazov

  • There's a kind of -- not a mistrustfulness but a sense of questioning and sometimes I think that lacks in the American press.

    CNN Transcript Dec 16, 2001

  • His mistrustfulness made treatment at the hospital difficult, if not impossible.

    Roses are Red

  • 'For fear of being duped,' Taine tells us, Mérimée 'was mistrustful in life, in love, in learning, in art, and he was duped by his own mistrustfulness.'

    Connoisseur of Revenge

  • Another nature seemed to have been lent him: the infection of the excitement and youth about him entered into and transformed his moody mistrustfulness.

    A Portrait of the Artist as a Young Man

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