American Heritage® Dictionary of the English Language, Fourth Edition
- n. A bundle of rods bound together around an ax with the blade projecting, carried before ancient Roman magistrates as an emblem of authority.
Century Dictionary and Cyclopedia
- n. Plural of fascis.
- n. 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
GNU Webster's 1913
- n. (Rom. Antiq.) A bundle of rods, having among them an ax with the blade projecting, borne before the Roman magistrates as a badge of their authority.
- n. 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
- From Latin fasces, plural of fascis (Wiktionary)
- Latin fascēs, pl. of fascis, bundle. (American Heritage® Dictionary of the English Language, Fourth Edition)
“It also attacks Mussolini, the clown in the pulpit on the right who is shown dangling a bundle of fasces from a sickle as he delivers a political tirade.”
“The fasces were the insignia of a Roman praetor, consul, general, or governor.”
“The fasces was a sacred symbol, like a royal scepter or a bishops crook.”
“The fasces was an ancient Roman emblem of authority.”
“In that sense, the original holders of the fasces were the mother and father of the primitve family and through the evolution of culture has become invested at the highest level in the leaders of nation-states and those who represent them.”
“Fascist Italy used a symbol called the fasces (the word 'fascist' comes from this), which is a bunch of sticks tied together with an axe.”
“This collectivism is captured in the word fascism, which comes from the Latin fasces, meaning a bundle of rods with an axe in it.”
“The obvious high school text book definitions follow, militarism, use of propaganda (Mussolini himself had a background as a propagandist), and putting the State before the individual (the word Fascism is derrived from "fasces" which was a symbol of Roman authority; a bundle of sticks bound together with an axe symbolizing power through unity).”
“They are, as it were, a kind of fasces which it would be impossible to unbind, and into which no new idea could be inserted without destroying its strength and unity.”
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