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non grata

[non grah-tuh, grey-; Latin nohn grah-tah]
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  1. not welcome: Reporters were non grata at the diplomatic reception.

Origin of non grata

First recorded in 1925–30; abstracted from persona non grata

persona non grata

[per-soh-nah nohn grah-tah; English per-soh-nuh non grah-tuh, grey-, grat-uh]
noun, plural per·so·nae non gra·tae [per-soh-nahy nohn grah-tahy; English per-soh-nee non grah-tee, grey-, grat-ee] /pɛrˈsoʊ naɪ noʊn ˈgrɑ taɪ; English pərˈsoʊ ni nɒn ˈgrɑ ti, ˈgreɪ-, ˈgræt i/. Latin.
  1. a person who is not welcome: He has become persona non grata in our club since his angry outburst.
  2. a diplomatic representative unacceptable to an accrediting government.
Compare persona grata.
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British Dictionary definitions for non grata

persona non grata

noun plural personae non gratae (pɜːˈsəʊniː nɒn ˈɡrɑːtiː)
  1. an unacceptable or unwelcome person
  2. a diplomatic or consular officer who is not acceptable to the government or sovereign to whom he or she is accredited
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non grata in Culture

persona non grata

[(puhr-soh-nuh non grah-tuh, grat-tuh)]

A person who is no longer favored or welcome: “After my angry words with the manager, I am persona non grata at the video store.” From Latin, meaning “an unacceptable person.”

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