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antisocial

[an-tee-soh-shuh l, an-tahy-] /ˌæn tiˈsoʊ ʃəl, ˌæn taɪ-/
adjective
1.
unwilling or unable to associate in a normal or friendly way with other people:
He's not antisocial, just shy.
2.
antagonistic, hostile, or unfriendly toward others; menacing; threatening:
an antisocial act.
3.
opposed or detrimental to social order or the principles on which society is constituted:
antisocial behavior.
4.
Psychiatry. of or relating to a pattern of behavior in which social norms and the rights of others are persistently violated.
noun
5.
a person exhibiting antisocial traits.
Origin of antisocial
1790-1800
First recorded in 1790-1800; anti- + social
Related forms
antisociality, noun
antisocially, adverb
Synonyms
1. unsociable, retiring, misanthropic. 2. disruptive; intimidating; sinister.
Antonyms
1. gregarious; genial, affable.
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  • Obviously, that sort of antisocial behavior can't be allowed.

    The Highest Treason Randall Garrett
  • "We mustn't be antisocial, Mr. Funston," Miss Abercrombie said lightly, but firmly.

    A Filbert Is a Nut Rick Raphael
  • The individual is assumed to be by nature an antisocial being.

    The Behavior of Crowds Everett Dean Martin
  • Some apparent profits are due to antisocial or criminal acts.

    The Principles of Economics Frank A. Fetter
  • All sorts of antisocial arts may be practised for his destruction.

    Comparative Religion J. Estlin Carpenter
  • Because of Bulgaria's antisocial behavior in the world community, the country was excluded from the United Nations until 1955.

    Area Handbook for Bulgaria

    Eugene K. Keefe, Violeta D. Baluyut, William Giloane, Anne K. Long, James M. Moore, and Neda A. Walpole
British Dictionary definitions for antisocial

antisocial

/ˌæntɪˈsəʊʃəl/
adjective
1.
avoiding the company of other people; unsociable
2.
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-)
adj.
Behaving in a manner that violates the social or legal norms of society.


an'ti·so'cial·ly adv.
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