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[aw-ger] /ˈɔ gər/
one of a group of ancient Roman officials charged with observing and interpreting omens for guidance in public affairs.
soothsayer; prophet.
verb (used with object)
to divine or predict, as from omens; prognosticate.
to serve as an omen or promise of; foreshadow; betoken:
Mounting sales augur a profitable year.
verb (used without object)
to conjecture from signs or omens; predict.
to be a sign; bode:
The movement of troops augurs ill for the peace of the area.
Origin of augur1
1540-50; < Latin augur (variant of auger) a diviner, soothsayer, derivative of augēre to augment with orig. implication of “prosper”; cf. august
Can be confused
auger, augur.


[aw-ger] /ˈɔ gər/ Western U.S.
verb (used without object)
to argue, talk, or converse.
an excessively talkative person.
1920-25; metathetic variant of argue; noun perhaps by association with auger
Can be confused
auger, augur. Unabridged
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Examples from the Web for augured
Contemporary Examples
  • A mid-70s big textbook battle in the capital city of Charleston over the usual things, science and God, augured what was coming.

Historical Examples
  • As for the people, the masses, they simply stood by and wondered, ready for any innovation which augured for the better.

  • We dined together, and augured well of the skill of the new cook.

    The Memoires of Casanova, Complete Jacques Casanova de Seingalt
  • I hoped that it augured well for us, but while I hoped I had a gloomy foreboding.

  • Charles believed them, and broke into a fury that augured badly for his guest.

  • If they had both suffered equally, reasoned the rude philosopher, it augured a quarrel not wholly or guiltily one-sided.

    The Tempering Charles Neville Buck
  • His answer was a dubious movement of the head which augured ill.

    Fairy Fingers Anna Cora Mowatt Ritchie
  • But she carried this generosity to a degree that augured ill for the preservation of Mazarin's millions.

    Court Beauties of Old Whitehall W. R. H. Trowbridge
  • I stood up pale and trembling, for I augured no good from this commencement.

    Peter Simple Frederick Marryat
  • His manner indicated so much petulant fretfulness, that I augured from it the conscious decline or disorder of his affairs.

    Captain Canot Brantz Mayer
British Dictionary definitions for augured


Also called auspex. (in ancient Rome) a religious official who observed and interpreted omens and signs to help guide the making of public decisions
any prophet or soothsayer
to predict (some future event), as from signs or omens
(transitive; may take a clause as object) to be an omen (of); presage
(intransitive) to foreshadow future events to be as specified; bode: this augurs well for us
Derived Forms
augural (ˈɔːɡjʊrəl) adjective
augurship, noun
Word Origin
C14: from Latin: a diviner, perhaps from augēre to increase
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Word Origin and History for augured



1540s, from Latin augur, a religious official in ancient Rome who foretold events by interpreting omens, perhaps originally meaning "an increase in crops enacted in ritual," in which case it probably is from Old Latin *augos (genitive *augeris) "increase," and is related to augere "increase" (see augment). The more popular theory is that it is from Latin avis "bird," because the flights, singing, and feeding of birds, along with entrails from bird sacrifices, were important objects of divination (cf. auspicious). In that case, the second element would be from garrire "to talk."


c.1600, from augur (n.). Related: Augured; auguring.

Online Etymology Dictionary, © 2010 Douglas Harper
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