One of the mysteries of the English language finally explained.
nounPlural personae non gratae
An unacceptable or unwelcome person.‘Nabokov was persona non grata with the regime’
pariah, reject, leper, untouchableView synonyms
- ‘Rumours thickened as they spread and she and her three daughters were practically declared personae non gratae.’
- ‘In 1980, thee couple was declared personae non gratae by the convention, and letters were sent requesting that they not return from their furlough.’
Latin, from persona (see persona) + non ‘not’ + grata, feminine of gratus ‘pleasing’.
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