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 Credit Reynolds for making this thing watchable, but watching a nonperson does get tedious after a couple of hours. Bilge Ebiri, Vulture, 13 Aug. 2021 Not only was Paul Robeson — another great athlete of that first wave era — reduced to an Orwellian nonperson for all practical purposes. Washington Post, 27 July 2021 Some 20 years before, Korolev had been a different kind of nonperson. Andrew Stuttaford, WSJ, 18 Apr. 2021 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, 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, 23 Jan. 2019 Trotsky, for example, who had become a nonperson, is vivid in the book. Olga Ingurazova, Smithsonian, 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, 24 Feb. 2017 See More

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First Known Use of nonperson

circa 1909, in the meaning defined above

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The first known use of nonperson was circa 1909

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“Nonperson.” Merriam-Webster.com Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, https://www.merriam-webster.com/dictionary/nonperson. Accessed 27 Jun. 2022.

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