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What is the meaning of the terms AD and BC when specifying a year?


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Answered 2010-02-17 12:49:48

BC is the Abbreviation for 'Before Christ', used in the Gregorian Calendar to refer to the era before the birth of Jesus Christ.

AD is the Abbreviation for Anno Domini , Latin for 'The Year Of Our Lord ', used in the Gregorian Calendar to refer to the current era


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A.D. stands for Anno Domini, Latin for in the year of the Lord.

BC------ stands for before ChristAd-------stands for Anno Domini. The term Anno Domini is Medieval Latin, translated as In the year of (the/Our) Lord)

Are you asking what BC and AD are, they are Before Christand the Latin phrase Anno Domini meaning Year of the Lord, never heard of AC on calendars.

AD = Anno Domini = In the year of our Lord (i.e.Jesus).

AD means anno domini (meaning in the year of our lord)

The meaning of AD is Anno Domini or Year of our Lord referring to the year of Christ's birth. AD also means "after death", meaning after the death of Jesus Christ. *I disagree. After Death is incorrect; Anno Domini is the only proper meaning of AD.

AnswerAD stands for ANNO DOMINI which refers to Christ's birth. BC is before Christ. CE stands for 'Common Era' and is a recent term. It is used in place of AD.BCD stands for 'Before Common Day' and is used instead of BC, however it is more commonly represented as BCE, 'Before Common Era'.These 2 terms, CE and BCE/BCD, are used now as they are deemed Politically Correct as they do not adhere to any particular religion.

"AD" is short for "Anno Domini", meaning 'in the year of our Lord'. So AD 49 means the year 49.

It means the year 270 Anno Domini (In the Year of Our lord).

No - AD means anno domini, meaning the year of our lord in latin. BC is before christ.

It is not in the bible, but it the words are Latin meaning year of our Lord.

Impossible to answer - since you're specifying 'ad infinitum' which means 'to infinity'.

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Anno Domini--"In the year of our Lord" Before Christ-- Nowadays it is more politically correct to use the terms C.E (Common Era) and B.C.E. (Before the Common Era)

The terms anno Domini (AD) and before Christ (BC) are used to label or number years in the Julian and Gregorian calendars. The term anno Domini is Medieval Latin, which means in the year of the Lord but is often translated as in the year of our Lord.There is no year zero, the year 1 BC was immediately followed by the year AD 1.Because there is no year zero decades begin with 1 and end on 10, centuries begin with 1 and end on 100, millenia begin with 1 and end on 1000, etc. Thus the 20th century was AD 1901 to AD 2000 (not AD 1900 to AD 1999 as many mistakenly believe) and the 21st century is AD 2001 to AD 2100. The decades, centuries, millennia, etc. are symmetrical in the BC numbering with AD numbering.

AD stands for Anno Domini - a Latin phrase meaning "In the year of our Lord". BC stands for Before Christ.

Those are not just Biblical terms; they are terms used with year numbers in general. They mean before and after Christ. BC means "before Christ", while AD means "Anno Domini", i.e., "in the year of our Lord" (after Christ).

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Neither. It stands for "anno Domini" meaning "in the year of (the) Lord."

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A.D. stands for Anno Domini. Translated into English it means, "In The Year Of Our Lord."

Yes, after the death of Christ No, it stands for anno domini meaning "in the year of our Lord"

AD after a date — as in 1066 AD — means Anno Domini (from Latin, meaning "The year of Our Lord) and counts the number of years from the birth of Christ, supposed to be in the year 0. AD. Prior to this Christians calculate years backwards from the year before Christ's birth (1 BC - I year before Christ) and rising as you get further back in time from this date.

any year after AD 800 and before AD 901

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