Description #1

A person from a democratic country hates democracy and loves communism. So, he moves to a communist country.

People from the communist country don't like him as he is a citizen of a democratic country and a foreigner.

So, he moves back to his previous country. Now, people there also hate him because he hates democracy.

Now, he is an orphan or pariah.

Description #2

A person changes his religion from 'X' to 'Y.' However, he is not regarded as a member of the community of 'Y' because he was not born with that religion. Now, the community of 'X' also disowns him because of his conversion.

Now, he is an orphan or pariah.

What phrase or idiom can I use to describe the person?

  • Like a logical NOR? en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Logical_NOR
    – Conrado
    Nov 16, 2022 at 13:02
  • "Neither side likes him" or "Both sides disapprove of him"? Nov 16, 2022 at 14:20
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    He is a*Man Without A Country. If you look at the disambiguation page, you will find 4 movies, an opera, and a poetry collection that was made into an album by Bing Crosby. It is a very well-known story.
    – Phil Sweet
    Nov 16, 2022 at 16:06
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    Much better question now.
    – Phil Sweet
    Nov 16, 2022 at 17:27
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    I don't see what's wrong with "pariah". Do you have reason to believe that there's a multi-word phrase or idiom that works better? Nov 16, 2022 at 20:43

2 Answers 2


A person who is rejected (from society or home)

Expel or Exclude (a Person) from society or from a community

Persona non grata
Person who is unacceptable or unwelcome

Here I would suggest "universal outcast" or "universally ostracized" or "Universal Persona non grata" to suit your Situation.


Fence sitter (Wiktionary)

One who takes neither side of an argument or controversy, but maintains a neutral position.

Nonpartisan (Wiktionary)

One who is not a partisan. A person who has not selected or declared a side or party.

Sui generis (Wiktionary)

In a class of its own; one of a kind.

(rarer) By itself; of its own.

  • Pariah, outcast, persona non grata had already been mentioned. What do you want from the word? You can mention that in your question. That would help other members to come up with better alternatives. Other negative words that may be usable are Persona non undesirable, unwelcome, marooned person or socially rejected.
    – banuyayi
    Nov 19, 2022 at 21:04
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    This is not an answer. It is copypasta. Please explain why you think any of these answer the question in your own words.
    – tchrist
    Nov 19, 2022 at 23:24

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