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

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And like Meyer in Gainesville, Fisher is now persona non grata in Tallahassee. Mike Bianchi,, "FSU administrators need to look in the mirror before blaming Jimbo Fisher for everything | Commentary," 15 July 2019 Yesterday’s deified Roman emperor was today’s persona non grata. Victor Davis Hanson, National Review, "The Cowardly Incoherence of Name-Changing, Statue-Toppling, and other Iconoclasms," 25 June 2019 Congress refused to remove the president’s immunity from prosecution, and Mr. Morales declared Mr. Velásquez persona non grata. Juan Montes, WSJ, "Candidates in Guatemala Target Economic Roots of Migration, but Abandon Graft Agency," 14 June 2019 The high-waisted, full coverage underwear otherwise known as the granny panty, like the kind Rihanna showed off on her Instagram, would have been persona non grata for lingerie brands 10 years ago. Shira Feder, Vox, "The rise of granny panties," 5 June 2019 Brown is already persona non grata with anyone even slightly progressive about women’s rights, given his history of incidents — alleged and proven — and his 2009 guilty plea in the brutal assault of singer and then-girlfriend Rihanna. John Wenzel, The Know, "Commentary: Chris Brown headlining Summer Jam is a stain on Denver," 13 June 2019 Saudi Arabia on Monday declared Canada’s ambassador persona non grata, and gave him 24 hours to leave the country. Margherita Stancati, WSJ, "Saudi Arabia’s Spat With Canada Risks Backlash From Investors," 6 Aug. 2018 In August, Saudi Arabia declared the Canadian ambassador persona non grata after Canada criticized the kingdom for arresting human-rights activists. Margherita Stancati, WSJ, "Missing Saudi Journalist Puts Kingdom on Collision Course With Turkey," 3 Oct. 2018 Laura Ingalls Wilder is persona non grata at the American Library Association. Michael Taube, WSJ, "‘Little House’ Has Been Condemned," 4 July 2018

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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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: someone who is not accepted or welcome by other people

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