- Persona non grata is a person that is in disfavor, who isn't welcomed or whose presence is not desired.
- An example of persona non grata is the black sheep of the family who has been told never to come back to Thanksgiving dinner.
- An example of a persona non grata is a diplomat who is unacceptable to his home country.
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Origin: Late Latin persōna nōn grāta : Latin persōna, person + Latin nōn, not + Latin grāta, feminine of grātus, acceptable.
persona non grata - Cultural Definition
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.”