It was the best of times, it was the worst of times: the annus mirabilis (wonderful year) and the annus horribilis (horrible year).
"ANNUS MIRABILIS & ANNUS HORRIBILIS"
"Annus mirabilis" is Latin for "wonderful year." We use it in English to mean just that: a year that's particularly good, special, or remarkable.
"Schumann's annus mirabilis:... In 1840, the year Schumann married Clara, he poured out his joy in 130 songs."
Explain the meaning of "annus mirabilis" without saying "wonderful year" or "miraculous year."
The English poet John Dryden was the first to use the phrase "annus mirabilis" in English.
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1. ANNUS MIRABILIS and ANNUS HORRIBILIS are opposites.
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