B.C.E. and C.E.
The Christian origin of the designation of years as "B.C."
(Before Christ) and "A.D." (Anno Domini, Latin for "in the year
of the Lord") has led some people to favor a less culturally
specific designation. "C.E." stands for "the Common Era," and
"B.C.E." for "Before the Common Era." In practice, the terms
are perfect synonyms for "B.C." and "A.D."
From the Guide to Literary Terms by Jack Lynch.
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