Word of the Day Archive
Sunday September 1, 2013
to initiate with ceremonies calculated to ensure good luck; inaugurate.
We decided to auspicate our love. The Naga reached up to the skies with only a fraction of its length and brought down the holiest of the holy temples and we floated inside it.
-- Adam Zameenad, Cyrus Cyrus, 1991
Here at the center of the nation beneath the portals of the capital let us solemnly auspicate the new era of violated promises and tarnished faith.
-- Everett O. Campbell, The Eagle Flies at Dawn, 1989
Auspicate comes from the Latin word auspicious meaning "divination from the flight of birds." This term entered English in the early 1600s.