antisocial
   criminal or offensive
   Literally, reclusive or self-centred:
    ... he was 'jointed' for his 'anti-social behaviour', the IRA's euphemism for petty crime. [Sunday Telegraph, January 1990 — jointed means shot in the knees or ankles)
   Also used to describe those opposed to autocracy, who are criminal in the eyes of the autocrat:
    'Anti-social elements are there,' said the IG, patting his carbine again. (Dalrymple, 1998 — an 'IG' is an Inspector-General of Police)
   An anti-social noise is a fart:
    'And he accused me of making anti-social noises.'... Then, as though to demonstrate, he emitted a precise fart. (L Thomas, 1994)

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