unsocial

unsocial
unsocial, asocial, antisocial, nonsocial are comparable in meaning not social and therefore opposed in some way to what is social. However, they are not ordinarily interchangeable.
Unsocial is applied chiefly to persons or to their temperaments, acts, and motives, and implies a distaste for the society of others or an aversion to companionship or fraternization
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he is a withdrawn, unsocial person

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an unsocial disposition

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Asocial is also applied to persons, but especially to their behavior, their thoughts, or their acts regarded objectively (as from the psychologist's point of view); it implies a lack of all the qualities which are suggested by the word social especially as opposed to individual. What is asocial lacks reference to, or orientation towards or in respect to, or significance for others and is by implication, individualistic, self-centered, egocentric, or egoistic
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asocial interests

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dreaming is an asocial act

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Antisocial is applied chiefly to things (as ideas, movements, acts, or writings)
which are regarded as harmful to or destructive of society or the social order or institutions (as the state and church)
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anarchists are both asocial in their thinking and antisocial in their propaganda

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antisocial theories

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antisocial conduct

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Nonsocial is applied only to things which cannot be described as social in any sense of the word
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nonsocial questions

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nonsocial activities

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Antonyms: social

New Dictionary of Synonyms. 2014.

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