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A Roman functionary who carried fasces when attending a magistrate in public appearances.

[From Middle English littoures, lictors, from Latin lictōrēs, pl. of lictor; see leig- in Indo-European roots.]
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(Government, Politics & Diplomacy) one of a group of ancient Roman officials, usually bearing fasces, who attended magistrates, etc
[C16 lictor, C14 littour, from Latin ligāre to bind]
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(ˈlɪk tər)

an ancient Roman official who carried the fasces and assisted magistrates in making arrests and carrying out sentences.
[1580–90; < Latin]
lic•to′ri•an (-ˈtɔr i ən, -ˈtoʊr-) adj.
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"Whether the God descend from above Or the man ascend upon high, Whether this maker of tents be Jove Or a younger deity-- I will be no judge between your gods And your godless bickerings, Lictor, drive them hence with rods-- I care for none of these things!
He had done so earlier just after the storming of the Bastille prison in his painting, The Lictors Bring to Brutus the Bodies of His Sons.
Saucy lictors Will catch at us like strumpets, and scald rhymers Ballad's out a' tune.
(19.) As the escorts of magistrates who held power (imperium) in ancient Rome, the lictors carriedfasces, bundles of rods surrounding an ax.
(11.) In his later works, including The Lictors Returning to Brutus the Bodies of His Sons (1789) and the Coronation of Napoleon and Josephine (1805-7), David often used light and shadow in metaphorical terms.
The word comes from Italy, with a rather confused etymology, from armed gangs in Sicily called fasci, but also invoking"fasces," the bundles of rods and axes carried in front of the Roman lictors to signify their authority.
of the mechanic slaves, the saucy lictors and the scald rhymers.
Under Starace, by contrast, membership became automatic for many young men: every year the 'leva fascista' initiated members of the fascist youth organizations--the Balilla (ONB) and, from 1937 onward, the Italian Youth of the Lictors (GIL) into the PNF proper.
They are honoured and supported by a group of equals (in age), and have both guards and lictors. (58) Here, as elsewhere, Pliny uses his knowledge of human rule for describing the king bee.
Instead, hers is a harsh vision of "greasy aprons" and "drunken" comedians; it is a cacophony of "rules and hammers," "saucy lictors," "scald rhymers," "out o'tune" ballads, and worst of all, "some squeaking ...
Specifically, these parties have identified the Commerce Clause and the Supremacy Clause as the two pillars upon which President Obama and his congressional lictors are "authorized" to build this temple of tyranny known as ObamaCare.