Definition of Lictor

1. n. 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.



Definition of Lictor

1. Noun. An officer in ancient Rome, attendant on a consul or magistrate, who bore the fasces and was responsible for punishing criminals. ¹

¹ Source: wiktionary.com

Definition of Lictor

1. a magistrate's attendant in ancient Rome [n -S]

Lexicographical Neighbors of Lictor

lickspittles
lickt
licky
licodione 2'-O-methyltransferase
licorice
licorice extract
licorice fern
licorice root
licorice stick
licorices
licorine
licorous
licour
licours
lictor (current term)
lictorial
lictorian
lictors
lictour
licuala
licualas
lid
lid-closure reaction
lid-lifter
lid-lifters
lid crutch spectacles
lid reflex
lidar
lidars

Literary usage of Lictor

Below you will find example usage of this term as found in modern and/or classical literature:

1. Strange Stories from a Chinese Studio by Sung-ling Pʻu, Songling Pu, Herbert Allen Giles (1880)
"Suddenly the lictor himself appeared, and cried out, " Do you wish to ruin me ? Happily my new master has only just taken up his post, and he has not ..."

2. Dictionary of Quotations from Ancient and Modern English and Foreign Sources by James Wood (1899)
"... circum Tecta volantes—For neither regal treasure, nor the consul's lictor, nor the cares that hover about fretted ceilings, ..."

3. The Old and New Testament Connected in the History of the Jews and by Humphrey Prideaux (1845)
"... among other crimes then laid to his charge, publicly executed at Rome by the rods and axe of the lictor. But this was not till several years after. ..."

4. Roman Antiquities: Or, An Account of the Manners and Customs of the Romans by Alexander Adam (1833)
"He who went foremost was called PRIMUS lictor, Cic. ad Fair. i. 1. 7. he who went last, or next to the magistrates, was called PROXIMUS lictor, Liv. ibid. ..."

5. Elegant Extracts, Or Useful and Entertaining Passages, from the Best English by Vicesimus Knox, James Gates Percival (1826)
"... by the attending lictor.«. The attention of the poor is generally driven from one ungrateful object to another ; for night coming on, ..."

6. Fifty Years of My Life in the World of Sport at Home and Abroad by John Dugdale Astley (1895)
"... and Limner—Frail in the Know—Follow Suit—lictor Wins me a Sice Stoke in Klon Handicap—Sell him to Sir Joseph Hawley, who Wins Liverpool Autumn Cup with ..."

7. Roman Antiquities by Alexander Adam, John Richardson Major (1835)
"28., ie the chief lictor, summits lictor, who used to receive and execute ... When the magistrate returned home, a lictor knocked at the door with his rod ..."

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