Thursday, July 16, 2009

a.d. XVII Kal. Aug.

persona non grata

Literal translation: unwelcome person
In an English sentence: The State Department declared the accused spy to be a persona non grata.

A country can designate a visitor as a persona non grata for any number of reasons including suspected terrorist activities or criminal charges lodged in the person’s own country. A person who has been declared a persona non grata must leave the country immediately.

From Elizabeth Heimbach's book Latin Everywhere, Everyday