- year of wonders; wonderful year.
- 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.
Examples from the Web for annus
Yet the scenery for this annus mirabilis production has always been rather flimsy.The Volgograd Bombings and the Return of Big Terror to Russia
January 2, 2014
It was an annus mirabilis for the hideous (Putin, Assad, Cyrus), an annus horribilis for just about everyone else.The Year in Awful: Worst Columns of 2013
December 31, 2013
Affleck later called the period the “annus horribilis of my life.”A Look Back at ‘Gigli,’ the Infamous Bennifer-Starring Film, on Its 10th Anniversary
August 1, 2013
The incident caps an annus horribilis for the Spanish Royal Family.It's Not Good to Be the King
May 18, 2012
Finally, last season, Idol's annus horribilis, the wheels fell off the cart entirely.Four Reasons American Idol Is Back From the Dead
March 8, 2011
Fenius Rufus loves him; the relatives of Annus are devoted to him altogether.Quo Vadis
Dryden also describes it in his Annus Mirabilis, commencing at verse 212.Picturesque Sketches of London, Past and Present
So it really is not surprising that 1755 is an annus mirabilis to me.Abigail Adams and Her Times
Laura Elizabeth Howe Richards
The year 1814 was an annus mirabilis for England, as will be seen as it is unfolded.Social England under the Regency, Vol. 1 (of 2)
The year 1801, the first of the nineteenth century, was annus mirabilis in the industrial history of mankind.Twentieth Century Inventions
- a year of wonders, catastrophes, or other notable events
Word Origin and History for annus
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).
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.”