(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.

1580–90; < Latin; compare Middle English littoures

lictorian [lik-tawr-ee-uhn, -tohr-] , adjective Unabridged
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lictor (ˈlɪktə)
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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