Persona-non-grata meaning

nŏn grä'tə, grăt'ə
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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Fully unacceptable or unwelcome, especially to a foreign government.

The diplomat was persona non grata.

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A person who is not acceptable or welcome; esp., a foreign diplomat unacceptable to the government to which he or she is assigned.
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A person who is not welcome, especially a diplomat in a foreign country.
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Origin of persona-non-grata

  • Late Latin persōna nōn grāta Latin persōna person Latin nōn not Latin grāta feminine of grātus acceptable
    From American Heritage Dictionary of the English Language, 5th Edition
  • Latin persona (“person") + non (“not") + grata (from gratus (“acceptable")).
    From Wiktionary