Definition of antisocial in US English:



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

    ‘a dangerous, unprincipled, antisocial type of man’
    • ‘This in turn helps society by reducing crime and antisocial behaviour.’
    • ‘Teenagers often get away with outrageous and antisocial behaviour because it's believed to be hormonal and a natural part of adolescence.’
    • ‘Either way issues including antisocial behaviour, community renewal, neighbourhood governance, local government and active citizenship needed addressing by a new, designated minister.’
    • ‘We will also be tackling antisocial behaviour such as criminal damage.’
    • ‘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.’
    • ‘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.’
    • ‘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.’
    • ‘We are targeting these youths using new powers given to us under the antisocial behaviour legislation.’
    • ‘‘He seems to know his behaviour is antisocial and that it is abhorrent to other members of society,’ said Mrs Wood.’
    • ‘In contrast, the antisocial behaviour of children who did not have psychopathic tendencies was mainly influenced by environmental factors.’
    • ‘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.’
    • ‘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 UK government's obsession with tackling antisocial behaviour is making society even more lonely and fragmented.’
    • ‘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.’
    • ‘The dispersal orders have worked in other areas, resulting in a reduction of antisocial behaviour.’
    • ‘She said the boy had already signed an antisocial behaviour contract, under which police and the authorities monitor his actions closely.’
    • ‘Now they are handing out these ridiculous antisocial behaviour orders.’
    • ‘They are antisocial because the way society is organized doesn't appeal to them and they want change.’
    • ‘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.’
    • ‘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.’
    objectionable, offensive, beyond the pale, unacceptable, unsocial, asocial, distasteful
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  • 2Not sociable; not wanting the company of others.

    • ‘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?’
    • ‘I've been accused of being antisocial so many times it's amazing I even have friends.’
    • ‘They may be withdrawn, mistrustful, aggressive, antisocial.’
    • ‘Apart from the fact that I would never have any friends, don't you think this is a bit antisocial?’
    • ‘I was very antisocial and didn't really want friends.’
    • ‘Do not be fooled my antisocial friends, the day has dawned on a new era of acceptance for anti-social behaviour.’
    • ‘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.’
    • ‘Even around his best friend, he was still antisocial and shy.’
    • ‘While these friendships tend to be less stable than those between non-drug-using and nonantisocial peers, real friendships between antisocial adolescents exist.’
    • ‘But don't assume that packing food means lunch hours secluded in our cubicles like antisocial moles or hermits.’
    • ‘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.’
    • ‘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 is all of our time online turning us into antisocial hermits?’
    • ‘Sometimes he wondered why she married such an antisocial, introverted man.’
    • ‘Does Jerry withdraw because he is antisocial, or because he cannot hear what is being said around him?’
    • ‘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.’
    • ‘Bessie was wildly sociable; Jack was antisocial.’
    • ‘But it has made me really antisocial and isolated.’
    • ‘Meanwhile, Lacey is an existentialist who always is antisocial and lonely and blames everyone but herself for it.’
    • ‘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.’
    unsociable, misanthropic, unwilling to mix with other people, unfriendly, uncommunicative, unforthcoming, reserved, withdrawn, retiring, reclusive
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