annus horribilis

an·​nus hor·​ri·​bi·​lis | \ ˈa-nəs-hȯr-ˈi-bə-ləs How to pronounce annus horribilis (audio) , ˈä- \
plural anni horribiles\ ˈa-​ˌnī-​hȯr-​ˈi-​bə-​ˌlēz How to pronounce annus horribilis (audio) , ˈä-​ \

Definition of annus horribilis

: a disastrous or unfortunate year

Examples of annus horribilis in a Sentence

Recent Examples on the Web In California, nearly as many acres have burned so far this year as burned in the entire annus horribilis of 2018. Robinson Meyer, The Atlantic, 7 Sep. 2021 Restaurants, from fast food to fine dining, have invested millions in digital ordering, pickup and delivery to make lunch quick and frictionless, and are praying that after this last annus horribilis those investments prove sound. Jane Black, WSJ, 12 Aug. 2021 As post-pandemic America continues to open up, many of us will face the prospect of ditching all those loose-fitting tops, shorts, sweats, yoga pants, chanclas and other comfy clothing that helped get us through the annus horribilis that was 2020. Richard A. Marini, San Antonio Express-News, 11 June 2021 The Queen once famously called 1992—the year where three out of her four children ended their marriages and Windsor Castle caught fire—her annus horribilis. Elise Taylor, Vogue, 11 May 2021 The annus horribilis that was 2020 was marked by more than just a terrible bug, and the direct chaos that ensued. Paul Earle, Forbes, 14 Apr. 2021 The arms’ length of Latin led to a resurgence of annus horribilis. Matt Brennan, Los Angeles Times, 11 Mar. 2021 Last year was our annus horribilis, and our expectations for this year are bound to be impossible. New York Times, 8 Feb. 2021 Five days later after Kofi Annan's gave his annus horribilis news conference in 2004, the Indian Ocean tsunami hit. Richard Chin, Star Tribune, 27 Nov. 2020

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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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11 Sep 2021

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“Annus horribilis.” Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, Accessed 23 Sep. 2021.

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