Aloofly though the Deanite lives, he is not altogether an unsocial being.
For the greater part of the time we remained as unsocial as the weather was unpleasant.
But thou must equally avoid nattering men and being vexed at them, for both are unsocial and lead to harm.
The unsocial smoke was at length ended, and the negotiation began.
He is often overcome by gloom, and then he sits by himself, and tries to overcome all that is sullen or unsocial in his humour.
I was twice her age, an awkward, unsocial man, that would have blighted her youth.
Even a Friar Tuck is not so repulsive to us as an unsocial, austere, narrow-minded, and ignorant fanatic of the eleventh century.
An unsocial man is as devoid of influence as an ice-peak is of verdure.
When it was said that he was unsocial and cynical, it was forgotten that these very remarks were enough to make him so.
The natural relations of man to man are those of an unsocial sociableness.
late 15c., "devoted to or relating to home life;" 1560s as "living with others," from Middle French social (14c.) and directly from Latin socialis "of companionship, of allies; united, living with others; of marriage, conjugal," from socius "companion, ally," probably originally "follower," from PIE *sokw-yo-, suffixed form of root *sekw- (1) "to follow," and thus related to sequi "to follow" (see sequel). Cf. Old English secg, Old Norse seggr "companion," which seem to have been formed on the same notion). Related: Socially.
Sense of "characterized by friendliness or geniality" is from 1660s. Meaning "living or liking to live with others; companionable, disposed to friendly intercourse" is from 1720s. Meaning "of or pertaining to society as a natural condition of human life" first attested 1695, in Locke. Sense of "pertaining to fashionable society" is from 1873.
Social climber is from 1893; social work is 1890; social worker 1904. Social drink(ing) first attested 1976. Social studies as an inclusive term for history, geography, economics, etc., is attested from 1916. Social security "system of state support for needy citizens" is attested from 1908. Social butterfly is from 1867, in figurative reference to "flitting."
Social contract (1849) ultimately is from Rousseau. Social Darwinism attested from 1887. Social engineering attested from 1899. Social science is from 1811. In late 19c. newspapers, social evil is "prostitution." Social justice is attested by 1718; social network by 1971; social networking by 1984.
"friendly gathering," 1870, from social (adj.). In late 17c. it meant "a companion, associate."