from The Century Dictionary and Cyclopedia

  • n. A bundle, as of rods or fibers.
  • n. plural In Roman antiquity, bundles of rods, usually of birch, with an ax bound in with them, the blade projecting, borne by lictors before the superior Roman magistrates as a badge of their power over life and limb.


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  • "[Fasces:] from the Latin word fascis, meaning" bundle, "symbolize summary power and jurisdiction … The traditional Roman fasces consisted of a bundle of white birch rods, tied together with a red leather ribbon into a cylinder, and often including a bronze axe (or sometimes two) amongst the rods, with the blade (s) on the side, projecting from the bundle.

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  • Fascism is indeed a coinage — whether by Mussolini himself, or somebody close to him — derived from the fasces, the axes bundled with rods a fascis is a bundle carried by the lictors in ancient Rome as a sign of authority.

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  • Etymology: Italian fascismo, from fascio bundle, fasces, group, from Latin fascis bundle & fasces fasces

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  • Cassis, caulis, fascis, finis, etc. (containing the list of masculine nouns of the third declension ending in-is), but long involved rules of syntax also that are absolutely unintelligible except to the initiated and those who are by nature the children of light.

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  • She too fell, and in her place stood a _fascis_ of eighty-three spears, symbolising the unity of the eighty-three departments of

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  • He is willing, though, to call a spade a spade -- or a fascis a fascis.

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  • †ORIGIN Italian fascismo, from fascio ‘bundle, political group’, from Latin fascis ‘bundle’.

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