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Princeton's WordNet

  1. fascesnoun

    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


  1. fascesnoun

    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. Etymology: 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

  2. Etymology: [L., pl. of fascis bundle; cf. fascia a band, and Gr. fa`kelos a bundle.]


  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.

Chambers 20th Century Dictionary

  1. Fasces

    fas′ēz, n.pl. a bundle of rods with an axe in the middle, borne before the ancient Roman principal magistrates. [L. fascis, a bundle.]

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.

Military Dictionary and Gazetteer

  1. fasces

    Bundles of rods usually made of birch, but sometimes of elm, with an axe projecting from the middle of them, which were carried before the chief magistrates of ancient Rome, as symbols of their power over life and limb. They were borne by the lictors, at first before the kings; in the time of the republic, before consuls and prætors; and afterwards before the emperors.

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  1. Chaldean Numerology

    The numerical value of fasces in Chaldean Numerology is: 5

  2. Pythagorean Numerology

    The numerical value of fasces in Pythagorean Numerology is: 8

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    making or becoming suitable; adjusting to circumstances
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