an·​ti·​so·​cial | \ ˌan-tē-ˈsō-shəl How to pronounce antisocial (audio) , ˌan-ˌtī- How to pronounce antisocial (audio) \

Definition of antisocial

1 : averse to the society of others : unsociable
2 : hostile or harmful to organized society especially : being or marked by behavior deviating sharply from the social norm
3 psychology : of, relating to, or characteristic of antisocial personality disorder Although community placement before discharge reduces subsequent antisocial behavior, most have apparently required outpatient mental health services indefinitely …— Nathaniel S. Lehrman

Other Words from antisocial

antisocially \ ˌan-​tē-​ˈsō-​shə-​lē , ˌan-​ˌtī-​ How to pronounce antisocial (audio) \ adverb

Examples of antisocial in a Sentence

She's not being antisocial; she's just shy at parties. she's not antisocial, just extremely shy
Recent Examples on the Web Massaro also frequently told a story to his acolytes about having tortured a kitten by repeatedly throwing her into a thorn bush in his backyard, which would later be cited by his detractors as evidence of antisocial tendencies. Ej Dickson, Rolling Stone, 18 Apr. 2022 Another fan favorite is Eloise, whose antisocial tendencies struck a huge chord with viewers. Elizabeth Logan, Glamour, 25 Mar. 2022 Bullying is not murder, but the mindset that motivated Raskolnikov often undergirds other forms of antisocial behavior, and surveys show this kind of personal abuse in science is widespread. Naomi Oreskes, Scientific American, 22 Apr. 2022 This was the very definition of antisocial behavior in the era when, as President Calvin Coolidge is famously misquoted as saying, the business of America was business. oregonlive, 20 Apr. 2022 Today, the political left continues to ignore the role that antisocial behavior plays in perpetuating racial inequality. Jason L. Riley, WSJ, 11 Jan. 2022 The band’s synergy of antisocial rage and despair essentially telegraphed the greater world consciousness getting the fear of COVID-19. Jason Pettigrew, SPIN, 5 Jan. 2022 Sadly, estrangement or isolation feeds some of the aberrant, antisocial impulses that can make gang life and crime seem a natural choice. cleveland, 22 Nov. 2021 The abuse begot criminal and antisocial behavior — Simmons once stabbed another kid in the face with a pencil — which in turn triggered more abuse. Jamie Lauren Keiles Ismail Muhammad Kim Tingley Benoit Denizet-lewis Sam Anderson Jazmine Hughes Irina Aleksander Sasha Weiss Rowan Ricardo Phillips Stella Bugbee Michael Paterniti Maggie Jones Robert Draper Rob Hoerburger Jason Zengerle Reginald Dwayne Betts Jane Hu David Marchese Hanif Abdurraqib Jenna Wortham Anthony Giardina Niela Orr Amy X. Wang, New York Times, 25 Dec. 2021 See More

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First Known Use of antisocial

1790, in the meaning defined at sense 2

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“Antisocial.” Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, Accessed 19 May. 2022.

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an·​ti·​so·​cial | \ ˌan-ti-ˈsō-shəl How to pronounce antisocial (audio) , ˌan-ˌtī- \

Kids Definition of antisocial

1 : violent or harmful to people Crime is antisocial.
2 : unfriendly She's not antisocial, just shy.


an·​ti·​so·​cial | \ -ˈsō-shəl How to pronounce antisocial (audio) \

Medical Definition of antisocial

: hostile or harmful to organized society: as
a : being or marked by behavior deviating sharply from the social norm
b : of, relating to, or characterized by an antisocial personality, the antisocial personality disorder, or behavior typical of either

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