from The American Heritage® Dictionary of the English Language, 4th Edition

  • adj. Not welcome; not approved: The aide, having been declared non grata, was expelled from the country.


From persona non grata.
(American Heritage® Dictionary of the English Language, Fourth Edition)


  • This morning, just after 11 am Canberra time, 8 am Perth time, Australia was formally advised by Fiji that our High Commissioner to Fiji, James Batley, had been declared persona non grata and, as a consequence, was required to leave Fiji within 24 hours.

    Press conference

  • I knew better than to reveal that it was a Christmas present from my “Aunt Ruth,” Ruth Tryon, press attaché at the American legation, pronounced persona non grata and given twenty-four hours to pack up and leave Hungary shortly after presenting me with the magic monkey.

    Enemies of the People

  • Gwendolyn was bundled away and Seymour became persona non grata to the Beattys.

    Castles of Steel

  • And then another thought: how might our lives have turned out had Mrs. Shearer taken us with her, raised my sister and me as her wards at various diplomatic posts Albert “Bud” Shearer, declared persona non grata and given twenty-four hours to clear out of Hungary in 1952, went on to a distinguished diplomatic career, including as ambassador to Czechoslovakia.

    Enemies of the People

  • Laird must have seen my tampering before I even did it, which gave him time to do a little tampering of his own and stamp it with my personal signature -- conferring upon me instant persona non grata status in the County.

    New Race

  • Well, it was official: I was persona non grata with the Misty Falls PD.

    Forever Lost

  • Kennan was persona non grata to the Russians, especially after his visit to Siberia, but Mr. MacQueen was most cordially welcomed.

    Memories and Anecdotes

  • Unfortunately, the Cordelles were just as non grata at Cherry Glade.

    Slice Of Cherry


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