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 persona non grata (audio)
: 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

Example Sentences

Recent Examples on the Web Now that his elder brother has become King Charles III in the wake of the queen's death, Andrew remains a royal persona non grata. Maria Puente, USA TODAY, 9 Nov. 2022 With ‘80s flash persona non grata by ‘92, Pantera, who had a glam vibe in their early days, brought a more cathartic sound to heavy rock. Matt Wake |, al, 19 Oct. 2022 Even the most stubborn people recognize untenable, persona non grata situations. Jeff Zillgitt, USA TODAY, 22 Sep. 2022 Barr, once one of television’s biggest prime-time stars, has been persona non grata in show business since she was fired by ABC from the reboot of her eponymous sitcom. Stephen Battaglio, Los Angeles Times, 20 Sep. 2022 By and large persona non grata, the couple hoped to convince Viserys to rule in their favor. Ryan Parker, Peoplemag, 9 Oct. 2022 Today hip-hop artists no longer bounce between persona non grata and flavor of the month at fashion houses. Zandile Blay, Robb Report, 1 Oct. 2022 The Krakow City Council was expected to vote this week on a proposal to declare Waters persona non grata, the Associated Press reported. Annabelle Timsit, Washington Post, 26 Sep. 2022 Barr has been persona non grata since she was fired from a 2018 reboot of her eponymous hit sitcom following a racist tweet about President Obama advisor Valerie Jarrett. Elvia Limón, Los Angeles Times, 21 Sep. 2022 See More

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Word History


New Latin, unacceptable person

First Known Use

1877, in the meaning defined above

Time Traveler
The first known use of persona non grata was in 1877

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“Persona non grata.” Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, Accessed 6 Dec. 2022.

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