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annus mirabilis

[ahn-noo s mi-rah-bi-lis; English an-uh s-muh-rab-uh-lis]
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noun, plural an·ni mi·ra·bi·les [ahn-nee mi-rah-bi-les; English an-ahy-muh-rab-uh-leez, an-ee] /ˈɑn ni mɪˈrɑ bɪˌlɛs; English ˈæn aɪ məˈræb əˌliz, ˌæn i/, Latin.
  1. year of wonders; wonderful year.

Magnus Annus

[mahg-noo s ahn-noo s]
noun Latin.
  1. the Great Year: a cycle of years, usually a thousand, that begins with a Golden Age, steadily deteriorates, and ends with a universal catastrophe, either a fire or a flood.
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annus mirabilis

noun plural anni mirabiles (ˈænaɪ mɪˈræbɪliːz)
  1. a year of wonders, catastrophes, or other notable events
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Word Origin and History for annus

annus mirabilis

n.

1667, Latin, literally "wonderful year, year of wonders," title of a publication by Dryden, with reference to 1666, which was a year of calamities in London (plague, fire, war).

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annus in Culture

annus mirabilis

[(an-uhs mi-rab-uh-lis)]

A Latin expression meaning “miraculous year.” The term refers to a year in which an unusual number of remarkable things occurred: “The Waste Land and Ulysses both appeared in 1922, the annus mirabilis of modern literature.”

Note

The reverse is an annus horribilus, or “terrible year.” Queen Elizabeth II used the term in 1992, referring to a major fire at Windsor Castle and the widely publicized marital problems of her family members.
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