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persona grata

[per-soh-nah grah-tah; English per-soh-nuh grah-tuh, grey-tuh, grat-uh] /pɛrˈsoʊ nɑ ˈgrɑ tɑ; English pərˈsoʊ nə ˈgrɑ tə, ˈgreɪ tə, ˈgræt ə/
noun, plural personae gratae
[per-soh-nahy grah-tahy; English per-soh-nee grah-tee, grey-, grat-ee] /pɛrˈsoʊ naɪ ˈgrɑ taɪ; English pərˈsoʊ ni ˈgrɑ ti, ˈgreɪ-, ˈgræt i/ (Show IPA).
Latin.
1.
an acceptable person, especially a diplomatic representative acceptable to the government to which he or she is accredited.
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  • It was only that Adele had a way of taking for granted she was persona grata, that Nance thought was rather too free.

  • And he must find out whether the Crawleighs regarded him as a persona grata.

    Lady Lilith Stephen McKenna
  • Charles XV was a persona grata; he could do as he liked without becoming unpopular.

    The Growth of a Soul August Strindberg
  • Harvey attended the King to Oxford where he was at once received as a persona grata.

    William Harvey D'Arcy Powers
  • There are times, you know, when even the most enthusiastic ginger-ale specialist is not persona grata.

    The Old Game Samuel G. Blythe
  • But would the heretic have been persona grata to the later time?

  • The censor is not for the moment a persona grata, but let us give him his due.

    Ancient Art and Ritual Jane Ellen Harrison
  • He is a prince in the city, a persona grata wherever he chooses to go.

    The Evil Shepherd E. Phillips Oppenheim
  • He was also persona grata in the Gladstone household, and Mrs. Gladstone often spoke to me of their deep love for him.

    Ghosts I Have Seen Violet Tweedale
  • It might have offered to recall Chauvelin, and to substitute Maret, a man known to be a persona grata to Pitt.

    William Pitt and the Great War John Holland Rose
British Dictionary definitions for persona grata

persona grata

/pɜːˈsəʊnə ˈɡrɑːtə/
noun (pl) personae gratae (pɜːˈsəʊniː ˈɡrɑːtiː)
1.
an acceptable person, esp a diplomat acceptable to the government of the country to which he or she is sent
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