- (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
Examples from the Web for lictor
The lictor cried, "Sentence has been given," and bade Icilius give place.Stories From Livy
The Chief Lictor had distributed these torches with an unheard-of liberality.The Crisis, Complete
By testament, by the census, and by the vindicta, or lictor's rod.Dissertation on Slavery
St. George Tucker.
I'll a lictor straight despatch, To seize on her, for she belongs to me.Oppius.Virginia, A Tragedy
Marion Forster Gilmore
Lictor, apostrophised by Cassiodorus in his 'Indulgentia,' xi.The Letters of Cassiodorus
Cassiodorus (AKA Magnus Aurelius Cassiodorus Senator)
- one of a group of ancient Roman officials, usually bearing fasces, who attended magistrates, etc
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).