One of the mysteries of the English language finally explained.
A year of disaster or misfortune.
- ‘Last year will be remembered as an annus horribilis for the global economy and financial markets.’
- ‘That same year was also beset by war, famine, witchcraft, assassination plots, and volcanic eruptions - truly it was an annus horribilis.’
- ‘With the World Cup less than three weeks away, the last year has been an annus horribilis for football's men in black.’
- ‘They were all finished with their annus horribilis of 2004.’
- ‘All I can say is that this year has been our annus horribilis.’
- ‘1999 was unquestionably the annus horribilis of my adult life.’
- ‘2004 might well turn out to be my annus horribilis, everything just seems to be going wrong.’
- ‘It has been an agricultural annus horribilis of unprecedented proportions, devilishly embellished with animal suffering, human stress and financial deprivation.’
- ‘Elizabeth II would probably empathise with a British fashion industry now facing its own annus horribilis as the luxury goods market tailspins into recession.’
- ‘If he had any lingering doubts about putting last year's annus horribilis behind him, he surely buried them yesterday.’
- ‘But even an annus horribilis can produce enough progress to inspire hope for better days.’
- ‘If 1992 was the Queen of England's annus horribilis, then the people of northern California will have similar feelings for 2001.’
- ‘For Britain's scientific institutions, the last 12 months have been an annus horribilis.’
- ‘But no doubt they'll get the numbers to fit somehow and the affair will pass into history - another episode in the parliament's annus horribilis.’
- ‘The group deserves credit in this annus horribilis for supporting us with all that growth.’
- ‘It all came to a head in 1996, her annus horribilis.’
- ‘This confirmed 2000 as an annus horribilis for the computer industry.’
- ‘It is only five weeks since the start of the new year, but 2001 already looks like being an annus horribilis for the Irish technology sector.’
- ‘The new strategy comes after the company's annus horribilis as last year, the stock price showed an annual decline for the first time in almost 20 years.’
- ‘Thanks to stocks like these, while 2003 won't be an annus mirabilis - a year to marvel at - it shouldn't be an annus horribilis either.’
Modern Latin, suggested by annus mirabilis.
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