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lictor

lictor


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  From  Webster's  Revised  Unabridged  Dictionary  (1913)  [web1913]: 
 
  Lictor  \Lic"tor\  (l[i^]k"t[o^]r),  n.  [L.]  (Rom.  Antiq.) 
  An  officer  who  bore  an  ax  and  fasces  or  rods,  as  ensigns  of 
  his  office.  His  duty  was  to  attend  the  chief  magistrates  when 
  they  appeared  in  public,  to  clear  the  way  and  cause  due 
  respect  to  be  paid  to  them  also  to  apprehend  and  punish 
  criminals. 
 
  Lictors  and  rods,  the  ensigns  of  their  power.  --Milton.