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persona non grata

noun [C not after the] uk   /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. someone who is not popular or accepted by others: From the look on their faces, I was obviously persona non grata.
Translations of “persona non grata”
in Chinese (Traditional) 不受(某國)歡迎的人, 不受歡迎的人…
in Chinese (Simplified) 不受(某国)欢迎的人, 不受欢迎的人…
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