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

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


pl n, sing -cis (-sɪs)
1. (Historical Terms) (in ancient Rome) one or more bundles of rods containing an axe with its blade protruding; a symbol of a magistrate's power
2. (Historical Terms) (in modern Italy) such an object used as the symbol of Fascism
[C16: from Latin, plural of fascis bundle]


(ˈfæs iz)

n. (usu. with a sing. v.)
a bundle of rods containing an ax with the blade projecting, borne before Roman magistrates as an emblem of official power.
[1590–1600; < Latin, pl. of fascis bundle]


 bundle of twigs, 1598; the birch rod, 1799—Wilkes. See also fascicle.
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Noun1.fasces - bundle of rods containing an axe with the blade protrudingfasces - 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
allegory, emblem - a visible symbol representing an abstract idea
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Yes,' he answered; 'but first of all I will take this little bundle of sticks home to my mother,' and he took one of the trees and wound it round the other five, raised the bundle on his shoulders and bore it off.
He turned away, and saw a crone passing, bending beneath a bundle of sticks.
One bundle of sticks embedded with blades was described as like a "fasces" once carried by Roman magistrates.
Real Valuation Problems when Dealing with a Divided Bundle of Sticks
The boundaries between painting and sculpture are so assiduously redrawn in much of this art that I ended up being most curious about the one work that straightforwardly seemed to be a sculpture: Bernard Pages's Fagot, 1968--a bundle of sticks (some of which, admittedly, have a bit of paint on them) rolled up in some wire mesh.
Another crew of emergency workers walks past carrying a fresh bundle of sticks to use as markers.
He realised that he needed to make a practical demonstration of this and instructed them to fetch a bundle of sticks.
To redirect the misconception and explain my point, I carry a bundle of sticks tied together to represent these fasces.
Imagine a bundle of sticks in which each stick represents a property owner's right of ownership.
Her Mika table for German manufacturer The Hansen Family is similarly intelligent: the base is shipped as a flat bundle of sticks, but assembles into sculptural double-X-shaped trestles with powerful magnets.
1919: In Italy, fascism - named from the fasces, a bundle of sticks that was an ancient Roman symbol of authority - became an organised political movement following the founding of Fasci di Combattimento by Benito Mussolini a month earlier.
Try breaking a bundle of sticks, it is not possible but breaking them one by one it is so.