annus horribilisan·nus hor·rib·i·lis
[also in roman type] a year of misfortune or disaster
Origin of annus horribilisModL, horrible year, after annus mirabilis: used by Queen Elizabeth II in reference, refer to the year 1992
nounpl. an·ni hor·rib·i·les,
A year notable for great adversity or misfortune; a disastrous year.
Origin of annus horribilisNew Latin annus year horribilis horrible
- (often italicized) A horrible year
- Often associated specifically with Queen Elizabeth II, who used the phrase in referring to her family's difficulties in 1992.
From the Latin annus (“year") + horribilis (“of horrors")