Fasces Definition

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.
Webster's New World

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.


Origin of Fasces

  • Latin fascēs pl. of fascis bundle

    From American Heritage Dictionary of the English Language, 5th Edition

  • From Latin fasces, plural of fascis

    From Wiktionary

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