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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
Based on the Random House Dictionary, © Random House, Inc. 2017.
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  • Over against it stands the antisocial character of magic, at any rate when directed against individuals.

    Comparative Religion J. Estlin Carpenter
  • "We mustn't be antisocial, Mr. Funston," Miss Abercrombie said lightly, but firmly.

    A Filbert Is a Nut Rick Raphael
  • Nevertheless, this mass of youth is on the whole in an unnatural position—an antisocial relation.

  • The individual is assumed to be by nature an antisocial being.

    The Behavior of Crowds Everett Dean Martin
  • His antisocial nature and his miserable manner of living kept every one from him.

    The Memories of Fifty Years William H. Sparks
  • All sorts of antisocial arts may be practised for his destruction.

    Comparative Religion J. Estlin Carpenter
British Dictionary definitions for antisocial


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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antisocial 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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