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Related to unsociability: extrovertive


1. Not disposed to seek the company of others; not sociable.
2. Not conducive to social exchange: an unsociable atmosphere.

un·so′cia·bil′i·ty, un·so′cia·ble·ness n.
un·so′cia·bly adv.




  1. Antisocial as death —Mary McCarthy
  2. (About as) chummy as a pair of panthers —James Forbes
  3. Flung himself upon Arthur like a young bear —Christopher Isherwood
  4. Friendly as a letter from home —Slogan, wine advisory board
  5. (He insisted on being) friendly, like a man running for sheriff —Jay Parini
  6. Greeted me like the morning sun that had deserted the skies —Mike Fredman
  7. The greeting I received (from Phoebe) was as damp as the weather outside —Mike Fredman
  8. He was never alone. He wore other people like armour —William McIlvanney
  9. (The knocking was) hostile as a kick in the balls —Harold Adams

    Similes can provide attention-getting openings for a story, as this one did for Adams’ mystery novel, The Fourth Widow.

  10. Pleasant as a smile —Anon
  11. Snarled like a racoon (whenever she was pushed) —Miles Gibson
  12. Unresponsive as a bag of wet laundry —David Leavitt
  13. Affable as a wet dog —Alfred Henry Lewis
ThesaurusAntonymsRelated WordsSynonymsLegend:
Noun1.Unsociability - an unsociable dispositionunsociability - an unsociable disposition; avoiding friendship or companionship
introversion - (psychology) an introverted disposition; concern with one's own thoughts and feelings
disposition, temperament - your usual mood; "he has a happy disposition"
standoffishness, withdrawnness, aloofness, remoteness - a disposition to be distant and unsympathetic in manner
secretiveness, closeness - characterized by a lack of openness (especially about one's actions or purposes)
sociability, sociableness - the relative tendency or disposition to be sociable or associate with one's fellows


[ˈʌnˌsəʊʃəˈbɪlɪtɪ] Ninsociabilidad f


nUngeselligkeit f
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