non grata


: not approved : unwelcome

Example Sentences

Recent Examples on the Web For a while there, Japan was a nation non grata in haute horlogerie. Paul Croughton, Robb Report, 30 Oct. 2022 And despite Smith's current status as movie star non grata, Lawrence says that detectives Marcus Burnett and Mike Lowrey will ride again. Lester Fabian Brathwaite,, 13 July 2022 North Macedonia also declared five diplomats personae non grata for breaching diplomatic conventions., 29 Mar. 2022 For years, some of the genre’s most extreme examples, whether homegrown or imported, were considered cinema non grata by U.K. censors. David Fear, Rolling Stone, 11 June 2021 But Russia — which is supposed to be a country non grata at the Pyeongchang Olympics because of its outrageous, systematic doping program — is still a very big part of these Winter Games. USA TODAY, 9 Feb. 2018 With Stéphane Denève, the orchestra’s principal guest conductor, becoming music director of the St. Louis Symphony and Charles Dutoit conductor non grata, there is movement on the roster. Peter Dobrin,, 25 Jan. 2018 See More

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Word History


persona non grata

First Known Use

1925, in the meaning defined above

Time Traveler
The first known use of non grata was in 1925

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“Non grata.” Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, Accessed 9 Dec. 2022.

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