A mid-70s big textbook battle in the capital city of Charleston over the usual things, science and God, augured what was coming.
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.
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.
His answer was a dubious movement of the head which augured ill.
But she carried this generosity to a degree that augured ill for the preservation of Mazarin's millions.
I stood up pale and trembling, for I augured no good from this commencement.
His manner indicated so much petulant fretfulness, that I augured from it the conscious decline or disorder of his affairs.
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.