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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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With a frigate's anchors for my bridle-bitts and fasces of harpoons for spurs, would I could mount that whale and leap the topmost skies, to see whether the fabled heavens with all their countless tents really lie encamped beyond my mortal sight!
John Bradshaw," says Milton, "appears like a consul, from whom the fasces are not to depart with the year; so that not on the tribunal only, but throughout his life, you would regard him as sitting in judgment upon kings.
Quien narra la escena es Estrabon, en cuya Geografia el termino p,0UGiKa se reserva para una esfera intelectual mucho mas elevada: se emplea para relatar que cuando Tarquinio devolvio a Roma los emblemas de sus magistrados, las fasces, hachas, trompetas y el arte adivinatorio, el monarca hizo lo propio con la musica (Str.
For example, thin rods made of birch are flexible individually but strong when strapped together in a bundle, or fasces.
He is flanked by Liberty, who holds the Roman fasces and the U.
A collector is a kind of junkie--there is no stopping,' Brownstein laments, entirely unabashed, as we inspect a collection of rare Revolutionary-period Sevres cups and saucers where the likes of Phrygian caps, fasces (bound bundles of rods) or tricolour ribbons are interspersed with typical floral reserves (Fig.
Perhaps Mayor Rahm Emanuel has noticed the fasces carved over the portal of City Hall in Chicago.
The one in the center has two swords with fasces and a caduceus and a scale.
This gives rise to a structure suggestive of some ancient Roman fasces.
The very symbol of the fasces proclaimed that citizens must no longer be divided by class, region, or gender.
pelos como fasces finisimas colgadas de cuerdas y de sables