Mr Gray, who had just dismounted from a long journey, hastened downstairs, auguring some new occasion for his services.
Au′gurship; Au′gury, the art or practice of auguring: an omen.
The Marquis de Bruyeres watched him with great satisfaction, auguring good things for their side from his quiet sang-froid.
auguring no good; perhaps Decheance and Deposition after all!
But scarcely had he arrived when disgust set in to the extent of auguring very ill of his reign.
The Queen made no answer, and Harold, auguring ill from her silence, moved on and opened the door of the oratory.
And when Willis herself comes in, auguring no good from this visit, my aunt gives her the tips of her fingers.
This dinner, on October 14th, auguring good fortune to all, was the last success of Mme. Roland.
November opened with more moderate weather, auguring still better conditions for midsummer.
auguring all sorts of dismal things from this, he moped gloomily back to the kitchen.
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.