annus horribilis

(redirected from anni horribili)

an·nus hor·rib·i·lis

 (ăn′əs hô-rĭb′ə-lĭs, hŏ-)
n. pl. an·ni hor·rib·i·les (ăn′ī hô-rĭb′ə-lēz, ăn′ē, hŏ-)
A year notable for great adversity or misfortune; a disastrous year.

[New Latin : annus, year + horribilis, horrible.]

annus horribilis

(ˈænʊs hɒˈriːbɪlɪs)
n
a terrible year
[C20: from Latin, modelled on annus mirabilis, first used by Elizabeth II of the year 1992]

annus horribilis

A Latin phrase meaning year of horrors, used to mean a year in which many horrible things happened.
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Labour has seen more bad moments, dreadful weeks, darkest days, anni horribili than a tabloid headline writer, but the fuel crisis was in a league of its own even for a Government whose tagline could be Situation Normal All Fouled Up.
But maybe, after all those anni horribili, the old girl IS ready to throw in the crown and embrace Communism.