[an-tee-soh-shuh l, an-tahy-]
- unwilling or unable to associate in a normal or friendly way with other people: He's not antisocial, just shy.
- antagonistic, hostile, or unfriendly toward others; menacing; threatening: an antisocial act.
- opposed or detrimental to social order or the principles on which society is constituted: antisocial behavior.
- Psychiatry. of or relating to a pattern of behavior in which social norms and the rights of others are persistently violated.
- a person exhibiting antisocial traits.
Origin of antisocial
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1. unsociable, retiring, misanthropic. 2. disruptive; intimidating; sinister.
1. gregarious; genial, affable.
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Examples from the Web for anti-social
From my National Post column: when anti-social behavior masquerades as "free speech".The Assassin's Gun: Internet Liberty Gone Way Too Far
May 11, 2013
This quote is supposed to confirm Thatcher as an anti-social radical individualist of the Ayn Rand distemper.Context for Margaret Thatcher's 'There is No Such Thing as Society' Remarks
April 8, 2013
The brother was an anti-social, self-mythologizing would-be rock star.Our Favorite Books of 2012: Tina Brown, Andrew Sullivan, and Others’ Picks
The Daily Beast
December 11, 2012
That would have been anti-social egoism; we called it "showing off."Alarms and Discursions
G. K. Chesterton
The freedom you Catholics—Anglican or Roman—want, is anti-social.The Coryston Family
Mrs. Humphry Ward
Really, chevalier, this maxim of yours is anti-social; you must play.The Memoires of Casanova, Complete
Jacques Casanova de Seingalt
These societies profess the most irreligious and anti-social doctrines.Public School Education
What, then it may be asked, are the causes that produce this anti-social being?A Plea for the Criminal
James Leslie Allan Kayll
- avoiding the company of other people; unsociable
- contrary or injurious to the interests of society in general
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Word Origin and History for anti-social
Online Etymology Dictionary, © 2010 Douglas Harper
- Behaving in a manner that violates the social or legal norms of society.
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