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augur1

[aw-ger] /ˈɔ gər/
noun
1.
one of a group of ancient Roman officials charged with observing and interpreting omens for guidance in public affairs.
2.
soothsayer; prophet.
verb (used with object)
3.
to divine or predict, as from omens; prognosticate.
4.
to serve as an omen or promise of; foreshadow; betoken:
Mounting sales augur a profitable year.
verb (used without object)
5.
to conjecture from signs or omens; predict.
6.
to be a sign; bode:
The movement of troops augurs ill for the peace of the area.
Origin
1540-1550
1540-50; < Latin augur (variant of auger) a diviner, soothsayer, derivative of augēre to augment with orig. implication of “prosper”; cf. august

augur2

[aw-ger] /ˈɔ gər/
verb (used without object)
1.
to argue, talk, or converse.
noun
2.
an excessively talkative person.
Origin
1920-25; metathetic variant of argue; noun perhaps by association with auger
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Examples from the web for augurs
  • Roman fortune tellers, called augurs, used to tell the future by watching birds.
  • The rezoning augurs wholesale changes, including luxury office towers and apartments.
  • The forecast augurs well, yet inflation has of late been running ahead of the central bank's projections.
  • Optimists argue that the scale of the downturn augurs for a strong rebound.
  • The gun-control bill's slow progress augurs ill for these further measures.
  • Currencies have held steady and interest rates have converged: it augurs well for the transition to the new system.
  • Which augurs well for the ability of debtor nations to pay their creditors and thus sustain their debt.
  • The outdoor scenes have a spontaneous vigor that augurs well for the director's future.
  • And it augurs well for the comparative tyros who made it.
  • The program amounts to one big yawn and augurs poorly for the state.
British Dictionary definitions for augurs

augur

/ˈɔːɡə/
noun
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
verb
3.
to predict (some future event), as from signs or omens
4.
(transitive; may take a clause as object) to be an omen (of); presage
5.
(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 augurs

augur

n.

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."

v.

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

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