augural

augury

[aw-gyuh-ree]
noun, plural auguries.
1.
the art or practice of an augur; divination.
2.
the rite or ceremony of an augur.
3.
an omen, token, or indication.

Origin:
1325–75; Middle English < Latin augurium soothsaying, equivalent to augur augur + -ium -ium

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augur (ˈɔːɡə)
 
n
1.  Also called: auspex (in ancient Rome) a religious official who observed and interpreted omens and signs to help guide the making of public decisions
2.  any prophet or soothsayer
 
vb
3.  to predict (some future event), as from signs or omens
4.  (tr; may take a clause as object) to be an omen (of); presage
5.  (intr) to foreshadow future events to be as specified; bode: this augurs well for us
 
[C14: from Latin: a diviner, perhaps from augēre to increase]
 
augural
 
adj
 
'augurship
 
n

augury (ˈɔːɡjʊrɪ)
 
n , pl -ries
1.  the art of or a rite conducted by an augur
2.  a sign or portent; omen

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augury
late 14c., "divination from the flight of birds," from O.Fr. augure "divination, soothsaying, sorcery, enchantment," from L. augurium (see augur). Fig. sense of "presage, omen, portent, indication" is from 1797 (also often in pl. as auguries).
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