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annus mirabilis

[ahn-noo s mi-rah-bi-lis; English an-uh s-muh-rab-uh-lis] /ˈɑn nʊs mɪˈrɑ bɪ lɪs; English ˈæn əs məˈræb ə lɪs/
noun, plural anni mirabiles
[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/ (Show IPA).
Latin.
1.
year of wonders; wonderful year.
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annus mirabilis

/ˈænʊs mɪˈræbɪlɪs/
noun (pl) anni mirabiles (ˈænaɪ mɪˈræbɪliːz)
1.
a year of wonders, catastrophes, or other notable events
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Word Origin and History for annus-mirabilis
annus mirabilis
1667, L., lit. "wonderful year," title of a publication by Dryden, with ref. to 1666, which, paradoxically, was a year of calamities in London (plague, fire, war), but Dryden seemed to feel it could have been worse.
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annus-mirabilis 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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