an·​ti·​so·​cial ˌan-tē-ˈsō-shəl How to pronounce antisocial (audio) ˌan-ˌtī- How to pronounce antisocial (audio)
: averse to the society of others : unsociable
: hostile or harmful to organized society
especially : being or marked by behavior deviating sharply from the social norm
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
ˌan-ˌtī- How to pronounce antisocial (audio)

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 In this version, the antisocial protagonist faces no consequences at all. Lili Loofbourow, Washington Post, 8 Apr. 2024 Rohrwacher attempts to correct Pasolini, basing antisocial rebellion on New World Order reform. Armond White, National Review, 3 Apr. 2024 Online interactions can bring out antisocial behavior that people would never display in their offline communities. Jonathan Haidt, The Atlantic, 13 Mar. 2024 Delving too deep can lead to obsessive and antisocial behavior, as individuals become consumed by the quest for hidden truths, distancing themselves from reality and those around them. Mark Travers, Forbes, 25 Feb. 2024 But poor casting was only half of it — Charles Walters' 1955 adaptation unfortunately reimagines the heroine as an irascible antisocial brat with delusions of grandeur, all explained away by bizarre contemporary psychoanalysis provided in voice-over., 4 Mar. 2024 His former wife has been diagnosed with an antisocial mental disorder. Amy Dickinson, Washington Post, 20 Feb. 2024 Walnut was a graceful, strong-willed bird, if a tad antisocial. Elaine Godfrey, The Atlantic, 10 Feb. 2024 Due to their antisocial behavior, psychopaths and sociopaths are clever and hard to spot. Jack Kelly, Forbes, 23 Feb. 2024

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Word History

First Known Use

1790, in the meaning defined at sense 2

Time Traveler
The first known use of antisocial was in 1790

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Cite this Entry

“Antisocial.” Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, Accessed 18 Apr. 2024.

Kids Definition


an·​ti·​so·​cial ˌant-i-ˈsō-shəl How to pronounce antisocial (audio)
: being against or bad for society
especially : being or exhibiting behavior that is very different from accepted behavior

Medical Definition


an·​ti·​so·​cial -ˈsō-shəl How to pronounce antisocial (audio)
: hostile or harmful to organized society: as
: being or marked by behavior deviating sharply from the social norm
: of, relating to, or characterized by an antisocial personality, the antisocial personality disorder, or behavior typical of either

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