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from The American Heritage® Dictionary of the English Language, 5th Edition.

  • noun plural A bundle of rods bound together around an ax with the blade projecting, carried before ancient Roman magistrates as an emblem of authority.

from The Century Dictionary.

  • noun Plural of fascis.

from the GNU version of the Collaborative International Dictionary of English.

  • noun plural (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.

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  • noun 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

from WordNet 3.0 Copyright 2006 by Princeton University. All rights reserved.

  • noun 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

Etymologies

from The American Heritage® Dictionary of the English Language, 4th Edition

[Latin fascēs, pl. of fascis, bundle.]

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From Latin fasces, plural of fascis

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