nonperson

noun
non·​per·​son | \ ˌnän-ˈpər-sᵊn How to pronounce nonperson (audio) \

Definition of nonperson

: a person who is regarded as nonexistent: such as
a : unperson
b : one having no social or legal status

Examples of nonperson in a Sentence

Recent Examples on the Web Mirroring the Scientology custom whereby anyone who bad-mouths the church is ostracized as a nonperson, the practice smacks of a cult. Lionel Shriver, Harper's magazine, "Cruel and Unusual Punishment," 10 Feb. 2019 Mirroring the Scientology custom whereby anyone who badmouths the church is ostracized as a nonperson, the practice smacks of a cult. WSJ, "Notable & Quotable: Banished," 23 Jan. 2019 Trotsky, for example, who had become a nonperson, is vivid in the book. Olga Ingurazova, Smithsonian, "What Ever Happened to the Russian Revolution?," 29 Sep. 2017 No memoir captures the human damage better than scriptwriter Walter Bernstein’s humane and entertaining account of his 11 years as a nonperson in Hollywood and New York. WSJ, "Five Best: Glenn Frankel," 24 Feb. 2017

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First Known Use of nonperson

circa 1909, in the meaning defined above

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“Nonperson.” Merriam-Webster.com Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, https://www.merriam-webster.com/dictionary/nonperson. Accessed 7 Mar. 2021.

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