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

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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 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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