lictor


lictor
noun /ˈlɪktə/
An officer in ancient Rome, attendant on a consul or magistrate, who bore the fasces and was responsible for punishing criminals.

, 1985: ‘Beware the power of the mob, Caesar.’ Then, schooled in needful agility, he ran away before a lictor’s whip could reach him. — Anthony Burgess, Kingdom of the Wicked


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