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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

He was said to have had “antisocial issues,” withdrawing and refusing to participate in class.
We Already Know What Adam Lanza’s Real Motive Was at Sandy Hook Michael Daly November 25, 2013

Few of those who believe Hernandez is guilty will be surprised by a diagnosis of antisocial personality disorder.
Is Pedro Hernandez, the Suspect in the Etan Patz Case, Mentally Ill? Michael Daly June 11, 2012

He had all his digits and limbs and, to my knowledge, had committed no antisocial acts with his legally obtained explosives.
Who’s Safe With a Gun? Don’t Ask a Shrink Gary Greenberg May 11, 2013

But when this witness began to act out in antisocial ways, his mother sent him off to foster care.
Jerry Sandusky Trial, Day Four: ‘Was Mrs. Sandusky Home?’ Diane Dimond June 14, 2012

Historical Examples

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 Business of Being a Woman Ida M. Tarbell

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

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

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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