Persona-non-grata Definition

nŏn grätə, grătə
personae-non-gratae
adjective
Fully unacceptable or unwelcome, especially to a foreign government.
The diplomat was persona non grata.
American Heritage
noun
A person who is not acceptable or welcome; esp., a foreign diplomat unacceptable to the government to which he or she is assigned.
Webster's New World
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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Synonyms:
unwelcome person

Other Word Forms of Persona-non-grata

Noun

Singular:
persona-non-grata
Plural:
personae-non-gratae, personas-non-grata

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

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