Definition of fasces in English:
(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.
- 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.
Latin, plural of fascis 'bundle'.
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