verb (used with object)
verb (used without object)
QUIZ YOURSELF ON “ITS” VS. “IT’S”!
Origin of augur1
WORDS THAT MAY BE CONFUSED WITH augurauger, augur
Words nearby augur
Definition for augur (2 of 2)
verb (used without object)
What does augur mean?
Augur means to be a sign or omen of something.
To say that an event or occurrence augurs well for the future means that it is a sign or promise of good things to come—that it foreshadows that things will go well, as in These clear skies augur well for our chances of holding the parade. The verb bode is a close synonym, as in This does not bode well for us.
This sense of augur is often followed by a word describing a positive or negative outcome, especially well or ill, or a specific outcome, as in Early results of the testing augur success.
This sense of augur comes from a more specific use of it as a noun referring to an Ancient Roman official who acted as soothsayer or priest. Such augurs were responsible for interpreting omens to guide decisions. Roman lawmakers would consult augurs before officially taking a position.
Example: So far, the tone of the negotiations augur well for an agreement.
Where does augur come from?
The first records of the word augur come from the 1540s. It comes from the Latin augur or auger, meaning “a diviner” or “a soothsayer,” from the verb augēre, “to increase” or “to augment” (with the implication of making something prosper). The English words augment and inaugurate are based on the same root. Inaugurate means “to formally induct someone into public office” and its origin alludes to the Roman practice of politicians consulting augurs.
The Ancient Roman augurs were highly respected religious officials. They were consulted prior to major events such as wars, the founding of colonies, and the induction (inauguration) of political officials. Much of their augury was based on interpreting the flight patterns of birds. Another word for this kind of augur is auspex. The related word auspice means “a favorable sign” or “a divination or prognostication, such as from observing birds.”
Even when augur is used in a general way simply meaning “to be a sign of things to come,” it is associated with the mysticism of its more specific uses that involve people claiming to actually predict the future.
Did you know ... ?
What are some other forms related to augur?
- augury (noun)
- augural (adjective)
- augurship (noun)
What are some synonyms for augur?
- be an omen of
What are some words that share a root or word element with augur?
What are some words that often get used in discussing augur?
What are some words augur may be commonly confused with?
How is augur used in real life?
Augur is commonly used in the phrase augur well for. Even when it’s used in a general way, it often calls to mind its more specific senses involving mystical ways of predicting the future.
The sudden German troop reduction proposal does not augur well for South Korea.
— Ankit Panda (@nktpnd) June 5, 2020
— Robert Ward (@RobertAlanWard) February 3, 2015
Curious what an augur would make of this for the coming SCOTUS confirmation fight https://t.co/AVNxKhzAeR
— Ben Jacobs (@Bencjacobs) September 19, 2020
Try using augur!
Which of the following words can be used as a synonym of augur when it refers to a person who is said to be able to predict the future?
D. all of the above
Example sentences from the Web for augur
And they augur badly for the overall effort, revealing the deep level of distrust the Turkish president harbors for the West.Turkish President Declares Lawrence of Arabia a Bigger Enemy than ISIS|Jamie Dettmer|October 13, 2014|DAILY BEAST
This is a trend that does not augur well for a Paul candidacy.
The three elections were all about the same thing—hope for this new future the Obama coalition seemed to augur, or fear of it.
Though fraudulent inducement does not ordinarily augur well, it worked.The Drunken Downfall of Evangelical America's Favorite Painter|Zac Bissonnette|June 8, 2014|DAILY BEAST
The pope's comment that he wouldn't 'judge' gay priests seemed to augur a new era of inclusiveness from the church.
The return of these men, if indeed they were responsible for the condition of the man upstairs, might augur further evil for him.The Light That Lures|Percy Brebner
Here is a short-handled augur, to make a hole for the saw to go through.Under Wellington's Command|G. A. Henty
The mode in which the title was acquired did not augur well for the justice or the morality which was to reign there.History of the Rise of the Huguenots|Henry Baird
This, however, proves a certain delicacy of feeling, and such traits lead me to augur all that is good.Beethoven's Letters 1790-1826, Volume 1 of 2|Lady Wallace
I augur no good for him, said Madame Germeuil, who breathed more freely since the face had withdrawn from the gate.Brother Jacques (Novels of Paul de Kock, Volume XVII)|Charles Paul de Kock