Lictor meaning

lĭk'tər
A Roman functionary who carried fasces when attending a magistrate in public appearances.
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In ancient Rome, any of a group of minor officials who carried the fasces and cleared the way for the chief magistrates.
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An officer in ancient Rome, attendant on a consul or magistrate, who bore the fasces and was responsible for punishing criminals.

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Origin of lictor

  • From Middle English littoures lictors from Latin lictōrēs pl. of lictor leig- in Indo-European roots
    From American Heritage Dictionary of the English Language, 5th Edition
  • From Wiktionary