Latin Abbreviations

Did you know that many of the abbreviations you use every day, are in Latin?

  1. AA = Ad acta - To the archives (Legal term )
  2. AAS = Anno aetatis suae - In the year of his/her age (Refers to the inscription on the tomb that specifies the age of the deceased )
  3. AAV = Anno aerae vulgaris - The vulgar era (Same as: Common Era Anno Christi, and Anno Domini - Used to count time after the birth of Jesus Christ - Basis of the Western calendar )
  4. AC = Ante Christum - Before Christ (To count years before the birth of Jesus Christ )
  5. AD = Anno Domini - In the year of Our Lord (Used to count time after the birth of Jesus Christ - Basis of the Western calendar )
  6. a.d. = Ante diem - Days before (To refer to dates )
  7. ad lib. = Ad libitum - At will (Legal Term )
  8. A.E.I.O.U. = Austria est imperare orbi universo (A.E.I.O.U.) - It is Austria's imperative to rule the world (Motto of Frederick III of Austria, also in German: Alles Endreich ist Osterreich Unterthan )
  9. AH = Ad Honorem - In honor of (Epigraphy )
  10. AH = Anno Hegirae - Year of the escape (Basis of the Islamic calendar, the year of the flight of Muhammad from Mecca to Medina in 622 )
  11. a.i. = Ad interim - In the meantime (Temporarily )
  12. AM = Anno mundi - Year of the world (Basis of the Jewish calendar - Many dates have been calculated, but the most accepted by Jewish scholars is 3761 BC )
  13. AM = Ante Meridiem - Before Meridian (Meridian = noon, midday - Morning, before 12:00 PM )
  14. A.M.D.G. = Ad Maiorem Dei Gloriam - For the greater glory of God (Ecclesiastical term - Motto of the Jesuit order - Often found inscribed in many cathedrals )
  15. AR = Anno Regi - Year of the King
  16. a.U.C. = ab Urbe Condita - a.U.C. - From the founding of the city (To count years since the foundation of Rome - 753 AC )
  17. BA = Baccalaurei in Artibus - Bachelor of Arts (Academic term - University Degree )
  18. BS = Baccalaurei in Scientiis - Bachelor of Science (Academic term - University Degree )
  19. c. = Circa - Around (Refers to dates )
  20. c.a. = Circa Anum - Around the year (Refers to dates )
  21. CANTAB = Cantabridgienses - Student of the Cambridge University
  22. cf. or cfr. = Confere - Compare, refer (Used in footnotes )
  23. CSSML = Crux Sancta Sit Mihi Lux - Let the Holy Cross be my light (Ecclesiastical term - Initials on the back of the Cross of San Benito Abad )
  24. D.G = Dei Gratia - By the Grace of God (Expresses the divine rights of the monarchy )
  25. D.G.R. = Dei Gratia Regina - By the Grace of God to the Kings (Expresses the divine rights of the monarchy )
  26. D.M. = Diis manibus - Sacred to the Manes (It is a dedication whose initials abound in pagan graves )
  27. D.M.S. = Diis manibus Sacrum - Dedicated to the Names gods (It is a dedication whose initials abound in pagan graves )
  28. D.N. = Dominus Noster - Our Lord (Often )
  29. DOM = Deo Optimo Maximo - For God, the best and greatest (Bernardo Vincelli used it to label his bottles of Benedictine )
  30. EC = Era Christiana - Christian Era (Often )
  31. e.g. = Exempli gratia - For example (Grammatical term )
  32. EIONPM = Eius in obitu nostro prae muniamur - So His presence protect us at the time of death (Ecclesiastical term - Initials on the back of the Cross of San Benito Abad )
  33. et al. = Et alii - And others (Grammatical term - When there are more than one author, the name of the main author is mention followed by et alii - Sometimes it is written as: Et alia (if women authors), or Et allii )
  34. etc. = Et cetera - And the Rest (Grammatical term - Sometimes spelled as Et Coetera or Et Cútera )
  35. F.D. = Fidei defensor - Defender of the faith (Title conferred to the king of England )
  36. fec. = Fecit - Done (Often )
  37. F.S.C = Fratellum Scholarum Christianorum - Institute of the Brothers of the Christian Schools (Lasallians )
  38. Id. or Ibid. = Ibidem - In the same place (Grammatical term - Used in footnotes to indicate that the reference/source is the same as above )
  39. i.e. = Id est - That is (Grammatical term )
  40. IHS = Iesus Hic Sacramentum - The Sacrament of Jesus
  41. IHS = Iesus Hominum Salvator - Jesus Savior of men
  42. Imp. = Imperator - Emperor (Commander of the Army )
  43. IMP. = Imperium - Empire
  44. INRI = Iesus Nazarenus Rex Iudaeorum - Jesus of Nazareth, King of the Jews (Inscribed on top of Jesus' cross - Vulgate: Matthew 27,37, Mark 15,26; Luke 23,38; and y John 19,19 )
  45. INRI = Ignis Natura Renovatur Integram - Fire completely renews nature (Another version of the masonic motto )
  46. IVB = Ipse Venena Bibas - Drink the poison yourself (Ecclesiastical term used for exorcism )
  47. loc. cit. = Loco Citato - In the place cite (Often )
  48. MA = Magister in Artibus - MA - Master of Arts (University Degree )
  49. MD = Medicinae Doctoris - Medicine Doctor (University Degree )
  50. MNA = Magister in Negotiis Administrandis - Master of Business Administration (University Degree - MBA - Latin version )
  51. MO = Modus operandi - Mode of operation (Legal term - Referring the manner a criminal commits a crime )
  52. MSc = Magister in Scientiis - Master of Science (University Degree )
  53. n.b. = Nota bene - Note well (Grammatical term - Indicates to pay attention )
  54. NDSMD = Non Draco Sit Mihi Dux - Do not let the dragon (devil) be my guide (Ecclesiastical term - Initials on the back of the Cross of San Benito Abad )
  55. NN = Non Nominatus - Unnamed (Legal term - unidentified person )
  56. NSMV = Numquam Suade Mihi Vana - You will never will persuade me with vain things (Ecclesiastical term - Inscribed on the back of the Cross of San Benito Abad, which when spoken together are a powerful exorcism )
  57. O.P. = Ordinis Praedicatoris - O.P - Order of Preachers (Dominicans )
  58. O.S.A. = Ordinis San Agustinus - Order of Saint Augustine (Augustinians )
  59. O.S.B. = Ordinis San Benitus - Order of Saint Benedict (Benedictines )
  60. O.S.F. = Ordinis San Franciscus - Order of Saint Francis (Franciscans )
  61. o.s.p. = Obiit sine prole - He died without descendants - (Expression that is used in genealogical works )
  62. PD = Post Data - After the date (Compare with Post Scriptum - Used in correspondence when a comment is added on a different day )
  63. PhD = Philosophiae Doctoris - Doctor of Philosophy (University Degree - highest academic degree in any field, not restricted to only philosophy )
  64. PM = Post Meridiem - Past Meridian (Afternoon after 12:00 )
  65. P.M. or Pont. Max. = Pontifex Maximus - Supreme Pontiff (Ecclesiastical Term - Refers to the Pope - Often )
  66. PS = Post Scriptum - Written after (Compare with Post Data - Used in correspondence when a comment is added later on the same day )
  67. QED = Quod erat demonstrandum - Which was to be demonstrated (Mathematical term - traditionally placed at the end of proofs )
  68. QEF = Quod erat faciendum - Which was to be shown (Mathematical term - traditionally placed at the end of a solution )
  69. q.G.h. = Quid Gloriam habet - Be in glory (Epitaph - Equivalent to RIP )
  70. Q.S.D = Quis ut Deus? - Who is like God? (Motto of angels led by St. Michael )
  71. RIP = Requiescat In Pace - Rest in Peace (Inscription on tombs, often )
  72. SC = Societas Castulonensis - Castulo Mining Company (Company authorized by Rome for the exploitation of silver and lead mines Linares District (Castulo) in ancient Hispania - The SC brand has appeared in numerous coins minted in the area between I bC to I aD )
  73. s.d. = Salutem Dicit - Wishing health (Salutation used by Cicero, often )
  74. SI = Societatis Iesus - Society of Jesus (Jesuits - Often )
  75. SMQL = Sunt Mala Quae Libas - The drinks that you offer are bad (Ecclesiastical term - Motto written on the cross of San Benito Abad )
  76. s.p.d. = Salutem Pluriman Dicit - Wishing lots of health
  77. SPQR = Senatus PopulusQue Romanus - The Senate and People of Rome (Often )
  78. STTL = Sit Tibi Terra Levis - Let the earth rest lightly on you (Used in epitaphs, )
  79. TMQF = Tene me quia fugio - Stop me, I am a fugitive (In Rome in the second century AD, they put metal collars on slaves with the owners name and this phrase )
  80. Tr. mil. = Tribunus militum - Military court
  81. Tr. pl. = Tribunus Plebis - Tribune of the masses (In ancient Rome this was a court made of plebs, common people )
  82. V.gr. = Verbi gratia - In virtue of the word (Grammatical term - For example, similar to exempli gratia. Often )
  83. VITRIOLUM = Visita interiora terrae, rectificando invenies occultam lapidem veram medicine. - Visit the interior of the earth, and adjusting find the hidden stone which is the real medicine (Referring to the philosophical stone - This phrase is often )
  84. Viz. = Videlicet - Namely (Meaning, )
  85. vs. = Versus - Turned around, in opposition

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