Fasces meaning

făs'ēz'
A bundle of rods bound together around an ax with the blade projecting, carried before ancient Roman magistrates as an emblem of authority.
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A bundle of rods bound about an ax with projecting blade, carried before ancient Roman magistrates as a symbol of authority: later, the symbol of Italian fascism.
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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.
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Origin of fasces

Latin fascēs pl. of fascis bundle