non grata


: not approved : unwelcome

Examples of non grata in a Sentence

Recent Examples on the Web Politically, however, Israeli gas is currently gas non grata in Turkey. Morena Skalamera, Foreign Affairs, 11 Oct. 2015 Some casinos even use a facial-recognition software developed by an Israeli company for use on the borders of the West Bank to keep known cheaters and other personae non grata off the premises. Karrie Jacobs, Curbed, 6 Feb. 2023 Overnight, Close became artist non grata. Jerry Saltz, Vulture, 21 Aug. 2021 Florals have been pattern non grata for decades—in the late 1990s they were buried by beige; in the aughts by minimalist white; in the teens by the color blocking of midcentury modern or by our love affair with gray—a room’s flora limited to a lone fiddle-leaf fig. Yelena Moroz Alpert, WSJ, 22 Apr. 2022 Russia’s invasion of Ukraine is increasingly turning it into a nation non grata among the global entertainment community. Vulture, 2 Mar. 2022 Two decades ago, China’s leaders were personae non grata in a decidedly anti-communist Saudi Arabia that had thrown its lot in with Washington. Tamara Qiblawi, CNN, 7 Dec. 2022 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

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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 24 Apr. 2024.

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