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In Latin, ‘year’.

annus horribilis a dreadful year; the Latin phrase, modelled on annus mirabilis below, was used notably by Queen Elizabeth II in 1992 when looking back on a year which had seen severe marital difficulties for her children and a fire at Windsor Castle.

annus mirabilis a remarkable or auspicious year, from modern Latin (‘wonderful year’) in Annus Mirabilis: the year of wonders, 1666, the title of a poem (1667) by Dryden; its subjects were the Dutch War and the Fire of London.

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