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[an-tee-soh-shuh l, an-tahy-] /ˌæn tiˈsoʊ ʃəl, ˌæn taɪ-/
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
First recorded in 1790-1800; anti- + social
Related forms
antisociality, noun
antisocially, adverb
1. unsociable, retiring, misanthropic. 2. disruptive; intimidating; sinister.
1. gregarious; genial, affable. Unabridged
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Examples from the Web for anti-social
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  • 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 Michael Mller
  • What, then it may be asked, are the causes that produce this anti-social being?

    A Plea for the Criminal James Leslie Allan Kayll
  • The State is to sanction the number of births; all others are immoral, because anti-social.

    British Socialism

    J. Ellis Barker
  • Their most anti-social acts indicate the defects of our society.

    The Pocket R.L.S. Robert Louis Stevenson
British Dictionary definitions for anti-social


avoiding the company of other people; unsociable
contrary or injurious to the interests of society in general
Derived Forms
antisocially, adverb
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Word Origin and History for anti-social

also antisocial, 1797, from anti- + social (adj.). First-attested use is in sense of "unsociable;" meaning "hostile to social order or norms" is from 1802.

Online Etymology Dictionary, © 2010 Douglas Harper
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anti-social in Medicine

antisocial an·ti·so·cial (ān'tē-sō'shəl, ān'tī-)
Behaving in a manner that violates the social or legal norms of society.

an'ti·so'cial·ly adv.
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