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[lik-ter] /ˈlɪk tər/
(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 of lictor
1580-90; < Latin; compare Middle English littoures
Related forms
[lik-tawr-ee-uh n, -tohr-] /lɪkˈtɔr i ən, -ˈtoʊr-/ (Show IPA),
adjective Unabridged
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Examples from the Web for lictor
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  • By testament, by the census, and by the vindicta, or lictor's rod.

    Dissertation on Slavery St. George Tucker.
  • The lictor cried, "Sentence has been given," and bade Icilius give place.

    Stories From Livy Alfred Church
  • I'll a lictor straight despatch, To seize on her, for she belongs to me.Oppius.

    Virginia, A Tragedy Marion Forster Gilmore
  • The Chief lictor had distributed these torches with an unheard-of liberality.

    The Crisis, Complete Winston Churchill
  • The man at least bore the outward signs of a lictor, but, according to Cicero, was in the pay of Verres as his pimp.

    Life of Cicero Anthony Trollope
  • lictor, apostrophised by Cassiodorus in his 'Indulgentia,' xi.

    The Letters of Cassiodorus Cassiodorus (AKA Magnus Aurelius Cassiodorus Senator)
  • But for you as well to be watched, whom the lictor's rod 1112 has but just set at liberty, who can endure it?

  • Suddenly the lictor himself appeared, and cried out, Do you wish to ruin me?

  • When a meeting was held, one lictor was stationed near the house, the other fifty yards from it on the road leading into town.

    Ku Klux Klan J. C. Lester
  • He stayed the hand of the lictor after the first blow, and then slipped between the heavy lid and the pavement a kind of hook.

    Herodias Gustave Flaubert
British Dictionary definitions for lictor


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

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

Online Etymology Dictionary, © 2010 Douglas Harper
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