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lictor

[lik-ter] /ˈlɪk tər/
noun
1.
(in ancient Rome) one of a body of attendants on chief magistrates, who preceded them carrying the fasces and whose duties included executing the sentences of criminals.
Origin
1580-1590
1580-90; < Latin; compare Middle English littoures
Related forms
lictorian
[lik-tawr-ee-uh n, -tohr-] /lɪkˈtɔr i ən, -ˈtoʊr-/ (Show IPA),
adjective
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British Dictionary definitions for lictor

lictor

/ˈlɪktə/
noun
1.
one of a group of ancient Roman officials, usually bearing fasces, who attended magistrates, etc
Word Origin
C16 lictor, C14 littour, from Latin ligāre to bind
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Word Origin and History for lictor
n.

late 14c., from Latin lictor, literally "binder," from past participle stem of *ligere "to bind, collect," collateral form of ligare (see ligament).

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Encyclopedia Article for lictor

member of an ancient Roman class of magisterial attendants, probably Etruscan in origin and dating in Rome from the regal period. Lictors carried the fasces for their magistrate and were constantly in his attendance in public; they cleared his way in crowds and summoned and punished offenders for him. They also served as their magistrate's house guard. In Rome the lictors wore togas; during a consul's triumph or while outside Rome they wore scarlet coats

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