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English definition of “persona non grata”

persona non grata

noun [C not after the]     /pəˌsəʊ.nəˌnɒŋˈɡrɑː.tə/ US  /pɚˌsoʊ.nəˌnɑːnˈɡrɑː.t̬ə/ (plural personae non gratae)
specialized politics a person who is not wanted or welcome in a particular country , because they are unacceptable to its government : He was declared persona non grata and asked to leave the country within 48 hours .Unpleasant people in generalUnpleasant men someone who is not popular or accepted by others : From the look on their faces , I was obviously persona non grata .Unpleasant people in generalUnpleasant men
(Definition of persona non grata noun from the Cambridge Advanced Learner's Dictionary & Thesaurus © Cambridge University Press)
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