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persona non grata


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

  • adj. Fully unacceptable or unwelcome, especially to a foreign government: The diplomat was persona non grata.

from Wiktionary, Creative Commons Attribution/Share-Alike License

  • n. A person who is not welcome, especially a diplomat in a foreign country.

from The Century Dictionary and Cyclopedia

  • n. One who is not acceptable; one who is not in favor.

from WordNet 3.0 Copyright 2006 by Princeton University. All rights reserved.

  • n. a diplomat who is unacceptable to the government to which he is sent
  • n. a person who for some reason is not wanted or welcome


Late Latin persōna nōn grāta : Latin persōna, person + Latin nōn, not + Latin grāta, feminine of grātus, acceptable.
(American Heritage® Dictionary of the English Language, Fourth Edition)
Latin persona ("person") + non ("not") + grata (from gratus ("acceptable")). (Wiktionary)


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