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