annus mirabilis








noun, plural an·ni mi·ra·bi·les [ahn-nee mi-rah-bi-les; English an-ahy-muhrabuh-leez, an-ee] /ˈɑn ni mɪˈrɑ bɪˌlɛs; English ˈæn aɪ məˈræb əˌliz, ˌæn i/, Latin.

  1. year of wonders; wonderful year.

noun plural anni mirabiles (ˈænaɪ mɪˈræbɪliːz)

  1. a year of wonders, catastrophes, or other notable events
n.

1667, Latin, literally “wonderful year, year of wonders,” title of a publication by Dryden, with reference to 1666, which was a year of calamities in London (plague, fire, war).

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.”

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