Definition of fasces in English:

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fasces

Pronunciation: /ˈfasēz/

plural noun

historical
(In ancient Rome) a bundle of rods with a projecting ax blade, carried by a lictor as a symbol of a magistrate’s power, and used as an emblem of authority in Fascist Italy.
Example sentences
  • On March 23, 1919, Mussolini and other war veterans founded in Milan a revolutionary, nationalistic group called the Fasci di Combattimento, named for the ancient Roman symbol of power, the fasces.
  • So, fascism essentially meant the Mussolini movement's adoption of the fasces as the symbol of what became known as the Fascist movement.
  • After 1792 the trappings of Roman republicanism became fashionable, with fasces and axes; and stern ancient patriots like Brutus, Scaevola, and Cato, familiar to all men of education, were much invoked.

Origin

Latin, plural of fascis 'bundle'.

For editors and proofreaders

Syllabification: fas·ces

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