American Heritage® Dictionary of the English Language, Fourth Edition
- adj. Fully acceptable or welcome, especially to a foreign government: The diplomat was persona grata.
Century Dictionary and Cyclopedia
- n. A person who is acceptable; one in favor: as, an ambassdor must be persona grata to the sovereign to whome he is accredited.
- n. a diplomat who is acceptable to the government to which he is sent
- Late Latin persōna grāta : Latin persōna, person + Latin grāta, feminine of grātus, acceptable. (American Heritage® Dictionary of the English Language, Fourth Edition)
“Distrusting his own powers of persuasion, he enlisted the good offices of Barbier, the late partner of the Rue des Marais printing-house, who was a persona grata with the novelist.”
“At Nunappleton House Oliver was not a persona grata in 1650, for he had no sooner come back from Ireland than he had stepped into the shoes of the Lord-General Fairfax; and there were those, Lady Fairfax, I doubt not, among the number, who believed that the new Lord-General thought it was high time he should be where Fairfax's “scruple” at last put him.”
“And if those facts are true then others automatically follow: That he must have been in continual contact with the Mainland to know about his father's approaching death, that as a superintendent of H.K. Police he must be totally persona grata with the PRC to be allowed in secretly and allowed out secretly again.”
“This lady was a much poorer actress, but was a persona grata with Monsieur Hostein.”
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by Jack Winter
Published 25 July 1994, The New Yorker
It had been a rough day, so when I walked into the party I was very chalant, despite my efforts to appear gruntled and conso...
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