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[aw-guhst] /ɔˈgʌst/
inspiring reverence or admiration; of supreme dignity or grandeur; majestic:
an august performance of a religious drama.
venerable; eminent:
an august personage.
Origin of august
1655-65; < Latin augustus sacred, grand, akin to augēre to increase. See eke1
Related forms
augustly, adverb
augustness, noun Unabridged
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Historical Examples
  • "You may be augustly sure he is not," chuckled the cruel Mata.

    The Dragon Painter

    Mary McNeil Fenollosa
  • In the Capitol he throned so augustly that we swear by him still.

  • "If the legislature does its part, I will do mine," responded Lyons, augustly.

    Unleavened Bread

    Robert Grant
  • To me it soon grew to be so nobly, so augustly ugly, that it was difficult to stay away from it, even for a little while.

    A Tramp Abroad, Complete Mark Twain (Samuel Clemens)
  • augustly enter the world of the venerable dead again, luscious one, your honorable father looks this way.

    Six One-Act Plays Margaret Scott Oliver
  • It is of strange fashion because it is old, having been augustly bestowed upon my father by the favor of the Emperor Takakura.

  • "Yes, the money for its painting was augustly well spent," agreed Kiomidzu, wisely shaking his head.

    The Way of the Gods John Luther Long
British Dictionary definitions for augustly


dignified or imposing: an august presence
of noble birth or high rank: an august lineage
Derived Forms
augustly, adverb
augustness, noun
Word Origin
C17: from Latin augustus; related to augēre to increase


the eighth month of the year, consisting of 31 days
Word Origin
Old English, from Latin, named after the emperor Augustus
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Word Origin and History for augustly



1660s, from Latin augustus "venerable, majestic, magnificent, noble," probably originally "consecrated by the augurs, with favorable auguries" (see augur (n.)); or else "that which is increased" (see augment).


eighth month, 1097, from Latin Augustus (mensis), sixth month of the later Roman calendar, renamed from Sextilis in 8 B.C.E. to honor emperor Augustus Caesar, literally "Venerable Caesar" (see august (adj.)). In England, the name replaced native Weodmonað "weed month."

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