from The Century Dictionary and Cyclopedia

  • n. The state of being unsocial; unsociability.


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  • In firm and lofty character, pain is mastered; in a character so little endowed with cool tenacious strength as Rousseau's, pain such as he endured was enough to account, not for his unsociality, which flowed from temperament, but for the bitter, irritable, and suspicious form which this unsociality now first assumed.


  • Hence the growth of a marked unsociality, taking literary form in the Discourses, and practical form in his retirement from the town.

    Rousseau (Volume 1 and 2)

  • The ladies in the town below complain through Miss Brett to Mrs. Wolfe of the unsociality of the garrison.

    Lectures and Essays

  • There was something in the man so far beyond any mere unsociality or sourness previously evinced, that even the forbearing good-nature of his guest could no longer endure it.

    The Piazza Tales

  • After exposing, with the perfection of fun, the savage unsociality of those elder ancestors who lived (if life it was) before lamp-light was invented, showing that "jokes came in with candles," since "what repartees could have passed" when people were "grumbling at one another in the dark," and "when you must have felt about for a smile, and handled a neighbor's cheek to be sure that he understood it?"

    Biographical Essays


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