annus mirabilis

[ahn-noos mi-rah-bi-lis; English an-uhs-muh-rab-uh-lis]
noun, plural anni mirabiles [ahn-nee mi-rah-bi-les; English an-ahy-muh-rab-uh-leez, an-ee] . Latin.
year of wonders; wonderful year.
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annus mirabilis (ˈænʊs mɪˈræbɪlɪs)
n , pl anni mirabiles
a year of wonders, catastrophes, or other notable events

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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 [(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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