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auspice

[aw-spis]
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noun, plural aus·pic·es [aw-spuh-siz] /ˈɔ spə sɪz/.
  1. Usually auspices. patronage; support; sponsorship: under the auspices of the Department of Education.
  2. Often auspices. a favorable sign or propitious circumstance.
  3. 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
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Examples from the Web for auspice

Historical Examples

  • Auspice, aw′spis, n. an omen drawn from observing birds: augury—generally used in pl.

    Chambers's Twentieth Century Dictionary (part 1 of 4: A-D)

    Various

  • My little heroine, Jerry Carroway, is engaged as their factotum, and every auspice is favorable.

    Mary Anerley

    R. D. Blackmore

  • This form of divination, so well known to the Romans, is still kept in remembrance by the use of the words augury and auspice.


British Dictionary definitions for auspice

auspice

noun plural -pices (-pɪsɪz)
  1. (usually plural) patronage or guidance (esp in the phrase under the auspices of)
  2. (often plural) a sign or omen, esp one that is favourable

Word Origin

C16: from Latin auspicium augury from birds; see auspex
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