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[aw-spis] /ˈɔ spɪs/
noun, plural auspices
[aw-spuh-siz] /ˈɔ spə sɪz/ (Show IPA)
Usually, auspices. patronage; support; sponsorship:
under the auspices of the Department of Education.
Often, auspices. a favorable sign or propitious circumstance.
a divination or prognostication, originally from observing birds.
Origin of auspice
1525-35; < French < Latin auspicium a bird-watching, divination from flight of birds, equivalent to auspic- (stem of auspex) + -ium -ium Unabridged
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British Dictionary definitions for auspice


noun (pl) -pices (-pɪsɪz)
(usually pl) patronage or guidance (esp in the phrase under the auspices of)
(often pl) a sign or omen, esp one that is favourable
Word Origin
C16: from Latin auspicium augury from birds; see auspex
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