persona non grata

[ per-soh-nah nohn -grah-tah; English per-soh-nuh non -grah-tuh, grey-, grat-uh ]
/ pɛrˈsoʊ nɑ noʊn ˈgrɑ tɑ; English pərˈsoʊ nə nɒn ˈgrɑ tə, ˈgreɪ-, ˈgræt ə /

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.

a person who is not welcome: He has become persona non grata in our club since his angry outburst.
a diplomatic representative unacceptable to an accrediting government.

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Origin of persona non grata

First recorded in 1885–90
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British Dictionary definitions for persona non grata

persona non grata
/ Latin (pɜːˈsəʊnə nɒn ˈɡrɑːtə) /

noun plural personae non gratae (pɜːˈsəʊniː nɒn ˈɡrɑːtiː)

an unacceptable or unwelcome person
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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Cultural definitions for persona non grata

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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