Definition of lictor in English:

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lictor

Pronunciation: /ˈliktər/

noun

(In ancient Rome) an officer attending the consul or other magistrate, bearing the fasces, and executing sentences on offenders.
Example sentences
  • Like the fasces carried by Roman lictors, weaving, in which separate strands are plaited together to form a new and far more robust entity, becomes the embodiment of communal strength and unity of purpose.
  • The fasces of Italian fascism are nicked from the fasces carried by the lictors, symbolising the unity of the Roman people.
  • The very word ‘Fascism’ is an allusion to the tied-up bundle of rods (the fasces) that the lictors of ancient Rome bore as a visible symbol of the united strength of the Roman people.

Origin

Latin, perhaps related to ligare 'to bind'.

For editors and proofreaders

Syllabification: lic·tor

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