- one of a group of ancient Roman officials charged with observing and interpreting omens for guidance in public affairs.
- soothsayer; prophet.
- to divine or predict, as from omens; prognosticate.
- to serve as an omen or promise of; foreshadow; betoken: Mounting sales augur a profitable year.
- to conjecture from signs or omens; predict.
- to be a sign; bode: The movement of troops augurs ill for the peace of the area.
Origin of augur1
- to argue, talk, or converse.
- an excessively talkative person.
Origin of augur2
Related Wordsforeshadow, signify, foretell, presage, portend, diviner, harbinger, seer, prognosticator, forecaster, prophet, herald, oracle, soothsayer, read, prophesy, adumbrate, forecast, promise, bespeak
Examples 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
October 13, 2014
This is a trend that does not augur well for a Paul candidacy.Rand Paul vs. the Real World
September 10, 2014
The three elections were all about the same thing—hope for this new future the Obama coalition seemed to augur, or fear of it.Is the GOP Finally Scorching Itself?
September 3, 2014
The pope's comment that he wouldn't 'judge' gay priests seemed to augur a new era of inclusiveness from the church.Francis the Radical?
Barbie Latza Nadeau
July 29, 2013
That disregard does not augur well for the coming debate over immigration reform.Mass Immigration Hammers the Working Class
January 3, 2013
I say this, because for the present project I can augur no success.
Tell me frankly what could you augur for a cause of which this youth was to be the champion?'
Chipping it with an adze, and boring it with an augur, to ascertain its quality.The Sailor's Word-Book
William Henry Smyth
I augur little success from the plan which you have been induced to follow.The Peasant and the Prince
In so far their suggestion would not augur well for the execution.Face to Face with Kaiserism
James W. Gerard
- Also called: auspex (in ancient Rome) a religious official who observed and interpreted omens and signs to help guide the making of public decisions
- any prophet or soothsayer
- to predict (some future event), as from signs or omens
- (tr; may take a clause as object) to be an omen (of); presage
- (intr) to foreshadow future events to be as specified; bodethis augurs well for us
Word Origin and History for augur
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.