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After or from the date of the foundation of Rome, traditionally reckoned as 753 b.c.
Early 17th century; earliest use found in William Segar (d. 1633), herald. From classical Latin ab urbe conditā from the founding of the city from ab + urbe, ablative of urbs + conditā, ablative feminine singular past participle of condere to found, establish.
ab urbe condita/ab ˌəːbiː ˈkɒndɪtə//ab ˌʊəbeɪ ˈkɒndɪtə/
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