Definitions for lictorˈlɪk tər
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Random House Webster's College Dictionary
an ancient Roman official who carried the fasces and assisted magistrates in making arrests and carrying out sentences.
Origin of lictor:
1580–90; < L
lic•to′ri•an-ˈtɔr i ən, -ˈtoʊr-(adj.)
An officer in ancient Rome, attendant on a consul or magistrate, who bore the fasces and was responsible for punishing criminals.
an officer who bore an ax and fasces or rods, as ensigns of his office. His duty was to attend the chief magistrates when they appeared in public, to clear the way, and cause due respect to be paid to them, also to apprehend and punish criminals
The lictor was a member of a special class of Roman civil servant, with special tasks of attending and guarding magistrates of the Roman Republic and Empire who held imperium, the right and power to command; essentially, a bodyguard. The origin of the tradition of lictors goes back to the time when Rome was a kingdom, perhaps acquired from their Etruscan neighbours.
The Nuttall Encyclopedia
an officer in Rome who bore the fasces (q. v.) before a magistrate when on duty.
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