One of the mysteries of the English language finally explained.
Following (or occasionally preceding) a date or time period: before the birth of Christ; in the time before year 1 of the Christian era. Abbreviated A.C.
Mid 17th century; earliest use found in John Gadbury (1627–1704), astrologer. From post-classical Latin ante Christum from classical Latin ante before + post-classical Latin Christum, accusative of Christus.
ante Christum/ˌantɪ ˈkrɪstəm//ˌanteɪ ˈkrɪstəm/
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