persona non grata

per·​so·​na non gra·​ta | \ pər-ˈsō-nə-ˌnän-ˈgra-tə How to pronounce persona non grata (audio) , -ˈgrä- How to pronounce persona non grata (audio) \
plural personae non gratae\ pər-​ˈsō-​(ˌ)nē-​ˌnän-​ˈgra-​(ˌ)tē How to pronounce personae non gratae (audio) , -​ˈgrä-​ , -​ˌnī-​ , -​ˌtī \

Definition of persona non grata

: a person who is unacceptable or unwelcome Luis Villoro is hardly a persona non grata. As he approaches the age of eighty, his position in the intelligentsia is secure.— Scott Sherman typically used without a or the… English scientist James Lovelock, co-author of the Gaia hypothesis and once an environmental demigod. Lovelock has become persona non grata by saying that the ecosphere is so resilient no amount of human malfeasance, including nuclear war, could end life.— Gregg Easterbrook"We'd been very good friends for millions of years and I thought it was a bit much for them suddenly to be personae non gratae and out of my life."— Paul McCartney

Examples of persona non grata in a Sentence

Recent Examples on the Web They're meant as stay-behind to conduct operations in case of those intelligence officers operating under diplomatic cover being declared persona non grata. CBS News, "Former CIA senior Clandestine Services Officer Daniel Hoffman on pursuing the "Russian ten"," 26 Aug. 2020 Two years prior, he was ALSO spotted holding hands with Jordyn Woods, persona non grata #1 of the entire Kardashian/Jenner fam. Kelsey Stiegman, Seventeen, "Everything You Need to Know About All of Kylie Jenner's Ex-Boyfriends," 13 July 2020 The Eastern-European Jewish accent Mel did was persona non grata in 1950. Washington Post, "Carl Reiner, TV comedy pioneer and probing straight man to Mel Brooks, dies at 98," 30 June 2020 While Democratic governors typically lead their state’s delegation to their party’s convention, Newsom is persona non grata for California progressives. John Wildermuth,, "Gavin Newsom left out as California Democrats pick convention delegation leaders," 27 June 2020 Quarterbacks like Mahomes used to be persona non grata at the highest level of football because of the perception that these schemes and their offshoots were little more than amateur gimmicks. Andrew Beaton, WSJ, "The Patrick Mahomes Generation of Quarterbacks," 3 Feb. 2020 Some consider Allen a genius; others persona non grata; others still a monster. Rumaan Alam, The New Republic, "Woody Allen’s Memoir Is Shrouded in Secrecy. Why?," 1 Apr. 2020 But that still didn’t render Trump persona non grata for the entire bank. New York Times, "The Money Behind Trump’s Money," 4 Feb. 2020 Beaton was persona non grata in the publishing business for years. Brian T. Allen, National Review, "Cecil Beaton’s Bright Young Things," 14 Mar. 2020

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First Known Use of persona non grata

1877, in the meaning defined above

History and Etymology for persona non grata

New Latin, unacceptable person

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4 Sep 2020

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“Persona non grata.” Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, Accessed 27 Sep. 2020.

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: someone who is not accepted or welcome by other people

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