Definition of persona non grata in English:

persona non grata

Pronunciation /pəˌsəʊnə nɒn ˈɡrɑːtə//pəˌsəʊnə nəʊn ˈɡrɑːtə/

nounPlural personae non gratae

  • An unacceptable or unwelcome person.

    ‘Nabokov was persona non grata with the regime’
    • ‘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.’
    pariah, reject, leper, untouchable
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Latin, from persona (see persona) + non ‘not’ + grata, feminine of gratus ‘pleasing’.


persona non grata

/pəˌsəʊnə nɒn ˈɡrɑːtə//pəˌsəʊnə nəʊn ˈɡrɑːtə/