Definition of antisocial in English:

antisocial

Pronunciation: /ˌan(t)ēˈsōSHəl//ˌanˌtīˈsōSHəl/

adjective

  • 1Contrary to the laws and customs of society; devoid of or antagonistic to sociable instincts or practices.

    ‘a dangerous, unprincipled, antisocial type of man’
    • ‘Teenagers often get away with outrageous and antisocial behaviour because it's believed to be hormonal and a natural part of adolescence.’
    • ‘This in turn helps society by reducing crime and antisocial behaviour.’
    • ‘‘He seems to know his behaviour is antisocial and that it is abhorrent to other members of society,’ said Mrs Wood.’
    • ‘Our aim is to gather intelligence from the local community and to work to tackle long term problems, including crime issues and others such as antisocial behaviour.’
    • ‘The memo, written two weeks ago, shows that the Prime Minister has taken personal charge of the drive to stamp out antisocial behaviour and has ordered urgent action to prevent a ‘sense of fatalism’ setting in.’
    • ‘We are targeting these youths using new powers given to us under the antisocial behaviour legislation.’
    • ‘One resident, who did not want to be named, said there was growing concern among the community that the end of the zone and police curfew powers could lead to yet another summer of antisocial behaviour, continuing noise, and disturbance.’
    • ‘They are antisocial because the way society is organized doesn't appeal to them and they want change.’
    • ‘The dispersal orders have worked in other areas, resulting in a reduction of antisocial behaviour.’
    • ‘Either way issues including antisocial behaviour, community renewal, neighbourhood governance, local government and active citizenship needed addressing by a new, designated minister.’
    • ‘Although it might just seem like harmless fun to some young people, this behaviour is antisocial and genuinely intimidating to residents and we will not tolerate it.’
    • ‘The warning is part of a major drive to rid the estate of its image as a centre of vandalism and antisocial behaviour, and to improve residents' quality of life.’
    • ‘A popular Clapham bar under the spotlight for complaints about antisocial behaviour suffered a fresh setback after a customer was stabbed in the back during a fight.’
    • ‘We will also be tackling antisocial behaviour such as criminal damage.’
    • ‘In contrast, the antisocial behaviour of children who did not have psychopathic tendencies was mainly influenced by environmental factors.’
    • ‘And it is no reason to focus on the technology in such a laser-like manner that everything else about antisocial behaviour, crime and society is completely ignored.’
    • ‘The UK government's obsession with tackling antisocial behaviour is making society even more lonely and fragmented.’
    • ‘Since its formation, membership has blossomed, while incidents of crime and antisocial behaviour on the estate - one of the city's largest residential areas - have dropped dramatically.’
    • ‘Now they are handing out these ridiculous antisocial behaviour orders.’
    • ‘She said the boy had already signed an antisocial behaviour contract, under which police and the authorities monitor his actions closely.’
    objectionable, offensive, beyond the pale, unacceptable, unsocial, asocial, distasteful
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  • 2Not sociable; not wanting the company of others.

    • ‘Even around his best friend, he was still antisocial and shy.’
    • ‘He had always done his best to keep himself to himself and had often taken criticism from others for being so antisocial and insular in the past.’
    • ‘I'm therefore viewing it in a far more solitary, antisocial way, on my computer, and I'm watching it alongside computer texts, often texts that relate to, back up or expand my understanding of the TV show.’
    • ‘Does Jerry withdraw because he is antisocial, or because he cannot hear what is being said around him?’
    • ‘I've been accused of being antisocial so many times it's amazing I even have friends.’
    • ‘But this afternoon he had risked his life to help her and he almost did loss it, she figured she could at least be friends with him but how do you make friends with someone so antisocial?’
    • ‘Do not be fooled my antisocial friends, the day has dawned on a new era of acceptance for anti-social behaviour.’
    • ‘But don't assume that packing food means lunch hours secluded in our cubicles like antisocial moles or hermits.’
    • ‘Behaviour changes which might point to problems of this nature include spending a lot more time on the Internet than usual, becoming withdrawn and antisocial, or guarded and morose.’
    • ‘Meanwhile, Lacey is an existentialist who always is antisocial and lonely and blames everyone but herself for it.’
    • ‘But is all of our time online turning us into antisocial hermits?’
    • ‘Once they got a closer look at how scientists work, we thought, they might form more realistic impressions that would contradict traditional images of science as isolated and antisocial.’
    • ‘Apart from the fact that I would never have any friends, don't you think this is a bit antisocial?’
    • ‘While these friendships tend to be less stable than those between non-drug-using and nonantisocial peers, real friendships between antisocial adolescents exist.’
    • ‘I was very antisocial and didn't really want friends.’
    • ‘Sometimes he wondered why she married such an antisocial, introverted man.’
    • ‘It really is okay to be introverted and antisocial for a couple weeks at a time, so don't feel pressured to be a social butterfly because of some arbitrary rule you've set for yourself.’
    • ‘But it has made me really antisocial and isolated.’
    • ‘They may be withdrawn, mistrustful, aggressive, antisocial.’
    • ‘Bessie was wildly sociable; Jack was antisocial.’
    unsociable, misanthropic, unwilling to mix with other people, unfriendly, uncommunicative, unforthcoming, reserved, withdrawn, retiring, reclusive
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Usage

See unsociable

Pronunciation:

antisocial

/ˌan(t)ēˈsōSHəl//ˌanˌtīˈsōSHəl/