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Meaning of fasces

fas•ces

Pronunciation: (fas'ēz), [key]
— n. (usually used with a sing. v.)
  1. a bundle of rods containing an ax with the blade projecting, borne before Roman magistrates as an emblem of official power.
Random House Unabridged Dictionary, Copyright © 1997, by Random House, Inc., on Infoplease.
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