persona non grata

per·so·na non gra·ta | \pər-ˈsō-nə-ˌnän-ˈgra-tə, -ˈgrä- \

Definition of persona non grata 

: personally unacceptable or unwelcome

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Laura Ingalls Wilder is persona non grata at the American Library Association. Michael Taube, WSJ, "‘Little House’ Has Been Condemned," 4 July 2018 Sosa, though, has been mostly absent from the public eye and is persona non grata at Wrigley Field., "Exiled by the Cubs, Sammy Sosa Is Enjoying the Life He Wants You to See," 27 June 2018 Kevin Spacey, despite his effort to deflect assault accusations by coming out, is persona non grata in Hollywood. Jill Filipovic, Time, "How to Find Room for Forgiveness in the #MeToo Movement," 26 Feb. 2018 So long had Sherman been persona non grata among white Southerners that the voting provoked national headlines. Harold Holzer, WSJ, "Burning Down the South," 7 June 2018 Earlier this week, the president declared him persona non grata, withdrawing the prospect of the presidential pardon Manafort might have been waiting for. Abigail Tracy, The Hive, "The Odds That Robert Mueller Breaks Paul Manafort Just Went Up," 5 June 2018 Just one tweet calling a black person an ape can mark you persona non grata? Nicole Silverberg, GQ, "Op-Ed: An Intellectual's Defense of Roseanne," 30 May 2018 Throughout the early months of Kelly’s reign, former Trump campaign manager Corey Lewandowski was persona non grata and barred from the White House. Author: Ashley Parker, Josh Dawsey, Philip Rucker, Anchorage Daily News, "With new West Wing cast, Trump calls shots, aides follow," 29 May 2018 Mike Pompeo said the State Department received formal notice that charge d’affaires Todd Robinson had been declared persona non grata and had 49 hours to leave the country. Fox News, "Pompeo says US to respond 'reciprocally' for Venezuela's expulsion of diplomats," 23 May 2018

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First Known Use of persona non grata

1888, in the meaning defined above

History and Etymology for persona non grata

New Latin, unacceptable person

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