annus horribilis

an·​nus hor·​ri·​bi·​lis | \ˈa-nəs-hȯr-ˈi-bə-ləs, ˈä-\
plural anni horribiles\ ˈa-​ˌnī-​hȯr-​ˈi-​bə-​ˌlēz , ˈä-​ \

Definition of annus horribilis 

: a disastrous or unfortunate year

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Bad: Few would be surprised to learn that 2017 was Green Flash’s annus horribilis. Peter Rowe,, "Elite Eight — will your favorite IPA hop into the Final Four?," 22 Mar. 2018 Thorns on all sides This lawsuit, Waymo v. Uber, was a major element in 2017, Uber’s annus horribilis. Cyrus Farivar, Ars Technica, "It’s all over: Why the Waymo v. Uber self-driving settlement makes sense," 10 Feb. 2018 Maryland had a stinkbug annus horribilis in 2010, seven years after the first one was documented there. Steven Strogatz, The New Yorker, "When Twenty-Six Thousand Stinkbugs Invade Your Home," 8 Aug. 2011

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First Known Use of annus horribilis

1890, in the meaning defined above

History and Etymology for annus horribilis

New Latin, literally, horrible year

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The first known use of annus horribilis was in 1890

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