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) , -​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 Silky has been persona non grata among her fellow queens, promoters, and industry gatekeepers alike. Paul Mccallion, Vulture, 19 Aug. 2021 He’s persona non grata for Trump world and MAGA supporters. Bryan Schott, The Salt Lake Tribune, 6 Aug. 2021 Bill Gates, a member of the Maricopa County Board of Supervisors and a former election lawyer for Republicans, never used to feel like persona non grata in the party that’s long been his political home., 4 July 2021 Russia’s Foreign Ministry retaliated in kind by declaring an Austrian diplomat persona non grata. Adam Entous, The New Yorker, 16 July 2021 Deacon Jones, for instance, leaps from persona non grata to third on the all-time list, behind only Bruce Smith and Reggie White. Kevin Sherrington, Dallas News, 13 July 2021 Tricia Raffensperger, whose husband became persona non grata within his state GOP for stating that President Joe Biden won Georgia in November, told Reuters about the intimidation and shared threatening text messages sent to her in April. Amara Walker, Chris Youd And Ray Sanchez, CNN, 11 June 2021 Yes, the president has been persona non grata on social media after almost every major platform banned him in the wake of the Jan. 6 insurrection, an event that Trump partly fueled through his digital presence. Abram Brown, Forbes, 6 May 2021 For his participation in support of the losing side in the Spanish Civil War, Hemingway himself was persona non grata in the country. John Mcphee, The New Yorker, 12 Apr. 2021

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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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“Persona non grata.” Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, Accessed 17 Sep. 2021.

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English Language Learners Definition of persona non grata

: someone who is not accepted or welcome by other people


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