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

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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 As for the two Mitchell children, the director based both (including Katie and younger brother Aaron, a dinosaur-loving, antisocial wallflower) on himself (sorry to his older siblings). Joseph Longo, Vulture, "The Mitchells vs. The Machines Director Mike Rianda Wants to Make You Laugh (and Call Your Mom)," 30 Apr. 2021 Whittington foresees child development experts and teachers encountering an Existential kid might be concerned about anxiety, paranoia, agoraphobia, antisocial disorders, and unusual phobias. Cathy Hackl, Forbes, "Five Kids From The Future," 18 Apr. 2021 Often used interchangeably by laymen with psychopath and sociopath, antisocial personalities don’t feel empathy and don’t worry about consequences. Kaitlin Menza, Town & Country, "How Bernie Madoff Took His Family Down," 14 Apr. 2021 The researchers found that the child who was hit or yelled at more often was consistently more likely to display delinquent or antisocial behavior. Washington Post, "Americans are still spanking their kids. A new study shows how harmful that is.," 12 Apr. 2021 Ali Alissa, 34, told CNN his brother was bullied in high school for being Muslim and became antisocial and increasingly paranoid around 2014. John Bacon, USA TODAY, "Colorado shooter faces first court appearance Thursday as city mourns: Boulder shooting live updates," 24 Mar. 2021 Our lead is an antisocial super-detective named Keith Flick who is brought back into service to investigate a serial killer. Eric Vilas-boas, Vulture, "The 50 Best Anime Series on Netflix Right Now," 5 Apr. 2021 The 21-year-old suspect arrested in the rampage, the second in a week, was almost immediately described by family members as paranoid and antisocial. Ryan W. Miller, USA TODAY, "Family said Colorado suspect had 'mental illness.' Experts say that's rarely the cause of mass shootings.," 25 Mar. 2021 His family described him as paranoid and antisocial. USA Today, "© Copyright Gannett 2021," 23 Mar. 2021

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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 6 May. 2021.

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English Language Learners Definition of antisocial

: violent or harmful to people
: not friendly to other people


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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