Definitions for fascesˈfæs iz

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Random House Webster's College Dictionary

fas•ces*ˈfæs iz(n.)

  1. a bundle of rods containing an ax with the blade projecting, borne before Roman magistrates as an emblem of official power.

* (usu. with a sing. v.).

Origin of fasces:

1590–1600; < L, pl. of fascis bundle

Princeton's WordNet

  1. fasces(noun)

    bundle of rods containing an axe with the blade protruding; in ancient Rome it was a symbol of a magistrate's power; in modern Italy it is a symbol of fascism

Wiktionary

  1. fasces(Noun)

    A Roman symbol of judicial authority consisting of a bundle of wooden sticks, with an axe blade embedded in the centre; used also as a symbol of fascism

  2. Origin: From fasces, plural of fascis

Webster Dictionary

  1. Fasces

    a bundle of rods, having among them an ax with the blade projecting, borne before the Roman magistrates as a badge of their authority

Freebase

  1. Fasces

    Fasces is a bound bundle of wooden rods, sometimes including an axe with its blade emerging. The fasces had its origin in the Etruscan civilization, and was passed on to ancient Rome, where it symbolized a magistrate's power and jurisdiction. The image has survived as a representation of magisterial power. A secondary meaning of the bundling of sticks may have been "strength through unity". Fasces frequently occurs as a charge in heraldry, and should not be confused with the related term, fess, which in French heraldry is called a fasce.

The Nuttall Encyclopedia

  1. Fasces

    a bundle of rods bound round the helve of an axe, and borne by the lictors before the Roman magistrates in symbol of their authority at once to scourge and decapitate.

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