unsociable, unsocial
Like the positive forms (see sociable, social), unsocial is a classifying word that essentially means ‘not suitable for society’ (and has the special sense denoting hours outside the normal working day), whereas unsociable is a more judgemental word referring to people (primarily) who dislike the company of others. To complete the picture, antisocial is sometimes used in the same way as unsociable, but properly means ‘contrary to or harmful to the social order’ (with reference to people and activities) and is therefore a much stronger word with more sinister implications.

Modern English usage. 2014.

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