Definition of persona non grata in US English:

persona non grata


  • An unacceptable or unwelcome person.

    ‘from now on, these yellow journalists can consider themselves personae non gratae’
    Compare with persona grata
    • ‘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

/ˌpərˌsōnə ˌnän ˈɡrädə//ˌpərˌsoʊnə ˌnɑn ˈɡrɑdə/