Anti-social



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 order or the principles on which society is constituted:
antisocial behavior.
Psychiatry. of or relating to a pattern of behavior in which norms and the rights of others are persistently violated.
a person exhibiting antisocial traits.
Contemporary Examples

From my National Post column: when anti-social behavior masquerades as “free speech”.
The Assassin’s Gun: Internet Liberty Gone Way Too Far David Frum May 10, 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 David Frum April 7, 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 10, 2012

Historical Examples

Then there is an idea that religion is a conservative power, useful as a bulwark against the assaults of anti-social fanatics.
Education and the Higher Life J. L. Spalding

That would have been anti-social egoism; we called it “showing off.”
Alarms and Discursions G. K. Chesterton

Who would there be to prevent and repress crimes, that is, anti-social acts?
Anarchy Errico Malatesta

What, then it may be asked, are the causes that produce this anti-social being?
A Plea for the Criminal James Leslie Allan Kayll

They announced it on the radio and they’re saying it’s due to anti-social elements.
The Junkmakers Albert R. Teichner

The State is to sanction the number of births; all others are immoral, because anti-social.
British Socialism J. Ellis Barker

The family is too narrow; its aims are too petty, selfish, and anti-social.
The Son of a Servant August Strindberg

adjective
avoiding the company of other people; unsociable
contrary or injurious to the interests of society in general
adj.

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.

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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