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 anni horribiles (audio) , ˈä-​ \

Definition of annus horribilis

: a disastrous or unfortunate year

Examples of annus horribilis in a Sentence

Recent Examples on the Web Still, for Boeing, the malfunction caps an annus horribilis. Tim Fernholz, Quartz, "Boeing suffers another failure as spacecraft misses the International Space Station," 20 Dec. 2019 Annus mirabilis was minted in 1667 by the poet John Dryden to describe the previous year, while its opposite, annus horribilis, was originally coined in The Guardian in 1985 to describe some of the events of 1968. Anthony Grant, Quartz, "‘Quid pro quo’ is more legalese than Latin," 25 Nov. 2019 Last year truly was an annus horribilis for New Jersey Transit. Patrick Mcgeehan, New York Times, "N.J. Transit Canceled More Than 60 Trains (and That Was Just in the Last Week)," 8 July 2019 Despite its annus horribilis in 2017, the company has continued to grow its customer base, and the value of its stock has gone up. Alexis Papazoglou, The New Republic, "Facebook Is a New Form of Power," 22 July 2019 Samsung’s annus horribilis isn’t getting any less horrible. Jacky Wong, WSJ, "Samsung Memory-Chip Pain Isn’t Fading," 5 July 2019 Another poor set of quarterly results Thursday capped the company’s annus horribilis. Jacky Wong, WSJ, "Tencent Looks for Life Beyond Gaming," 21 Mar. 2019 Their testimony has not only helped sustain me during this annus horribilis. George Weigel, WSJ, "A Crisis—but Not of Faith," 30 Aug. 2018 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

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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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“Annus horribilis.” Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, Accessed 21 Sep. 2020.

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