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A person whose existence is systematically ignored or concealed, especially one whose removal from the attention and memory of the public is sought for reasons of ideological or political deviation.


(nɒnˈpɜr sən)

1. a person whose existence is not recognized.
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Noun1.nonperson - a person regarded as nonexistent and having no rights; a person whose existence is systematically ignored (especially for ideological or political reasons); "the former senator is treated as a nonperson by this administration"; "George Orwell predicted that political dissidents would be treated as unpersons"
individual, mortal, person, somebody, someone, soul - a human being; "there was too much for one person to do"
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