persona

[per-soh-nuh]
noun, plural personae [per-soh-nee] , personas.
1.
a person.
2.
personae, the characters in a play, novel, etc.
3.
the narrator of or a character in a literary work, sometimes identified with the author.
4.
(in the psychology of C. G. Jung) the mask or façade presented to satisfy the demands of the situation or the environment and not representing the inner personality of the individual; the public personality (contrasted with anima ).
5.
a person's perceived or evident personality, as that of a well-known official, actor, or celebrity; personal image; public role.

Origin:
1905–10; < Latin persōna mask, character. See person

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persona grata

[per-soh-nah grah-tah; English per-soh-nuh grah-tuh, grey-tuh, grat-uh] ,
plural personae gratae [per-soh-nahy grah-tahy; English per-soh-nee grah-tee, grey-, grat-ee] . Latin.
an acceptable person, especially a diplomatic representative acceptable to the government to which he or she is accredited.

persona non grata

[per-soh-nah nohn grah-tah; English per-soh-nuh non grah-tuh, grey-, grat-uh]
plural personae non gratae [per-soh-nahy nohn grah-tahy; English per-soh-nee non grah-tee, grey-, grat-ee] . Latin.
1.
a person who is not welcome: He has become persona non grata in our club since his angry outburst.
2.
a diplomatic representative unacceptable to an accrediting government.
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persona (pɜːˈsəʊnə)
 
n , pl -nae
1.  (often plural) a character in a play, novel, etc
2.  an assumed identity or character
3.  (in Jungian psychology) the mechanism that conceals a person's true thoughts and feelings, esp in his adaptation to the outside world
 
[Latin: mask]

persona grata (pɜːˈsəʊnə ˈɡrɑːtə)
 
n , pl personae gratae
an acceptable person, esp a diplomat acceptable to the government of the country to which he or she is sent

persona non grata (pɜːˈsəʊnə nɒn ˈɡrɑːtə)
 
n , pl personae non gratae
1.  an unacceptable or unwelcome person
2.  a diplomatic or consular officer who is not acceptable to the government or sovereign to whom he or she is accredited

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persona
1917, "outward or social personality," a Jungian psychology term, from L. persona "person" (see person). Used earlier (1909) by Ezra Pound in the sense "literary character representing voice of the author." Persona grata (1882) is from L.L., lit. "an acceptable person," originally
applied to diplomatic representatives acceptable to the governments to which they were sent; persona non grata is attested from 1904 (pl. is personæ non gratæ).
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persona per·so·na (pər-sō'nə)
n. pl. per·so·nas or per·so·nae (-nē)
The role that one assumes or displays in public or society; one's public image or personality, as distinguished from the inner self.

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persona non grata [(puhr-soh-nuh non grah-tuh, grat-tuh)]

A person who is no longer favored or welcome: “After my angry words with the manager, I am persona non grata at the video store.” From Latin, meaning “an unacceptable person.”

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persona

in literature, the person who is understood to be speaking (or thinking or writing) a particular work. The persona is almost invariably distinct from the author; it is the voice chosen by the author for a particular artistic purpose. The persona may be a character in the work or merely an unnamed narrator; but, insofar as the manner and style of expression in the work exhibit taste, prejudice, emotion, or other characteristics of a human personality, the work may be said to be in the voice of a persona

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Example sentences
He just has this amazingly cool vibe and persona.
How “cheeky” you get really may depend on your own persona, the
  energy of the interview, and how well you can read the room.
We could have been caught, labeled persona non grata, and asked to leave the
  country.
Yet he's not above milking the tough-guy persona.
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