fas·​ces | \ ˈfa-ˌsēz How to pronounce fasces (audio) \

Definition of fasces

: a bundle of rods and among them an ax with projecting blade borne before ancient Roman magistrates as a badge of authority

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First Known Use of fasces

1598, in the meaning defined above

History and Etymology for fasces

Latin, from plural of fascis bundle; akin to Latin fascia

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“Fasces.” Merriam-Webster.com Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, https://www.merriam-webster.com/dictionary/fasces. Accessed 25 Oct. 2020.

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