lictor

[ lik-ter ]
/ ˈlɪk tər /

noun

(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.

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Origin of lictor

1580–90; <Latin; compare Middle English littoures

OTHER WORDS FROM lictor

lic·to·ri·an [lik-tawr-ee-uhn, -tohr-], /lɪkˈtɔr i ən, -ˈtoʊr-/, adjective
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British Dictionary definitions for lictor

lictor
/ (ˈlɪktə) /

noun

one of a group of ancient Roman officials, usually bearing fasces, who attended magistrates, etc

Word Origin for lictor

C16 lictor, C14 littour, from Latin ligāre to bind
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