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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]
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]
Fascesbundle of twigs, 1598; the birch rod, 1799—Wilkes. See also fascicle.