Definition of unperson in English:

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Pronunciation: /ˈʌnpəːs(ə)n/

noun (plural unpersons)

A person whose name or existence is denied or ignored, especially because of a political misdemeanour.
Example sentences
  • But I really think this whole distinction is irrelevant to the cloning debate, and it's used to convince us to remove our protection from those humans we deem unpersons.
  • All Morris has done is to give these unpersons an opportunity to demonstrate the fact that they'll do anything to get a chauffeured car, a Styrofoam beaker of tea and five minutes in the green room goofing out with others of their ilk.
  • On the other hand, the handling of Kerry's personal life was pretty awkward - we went from the birth of his daughters to his marriage to Theresa Heinz, without a mention of Kerry's first wife. She, apparently, has become an unperson.

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