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augury

[aw-gyuh-ree]
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noun, plural au·gu·ries.
  1. the art or practice of an augur; divination.
  2. the rite or ceremony of an augur.
  3. an omen, token, or indication.
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Origin of augury

1325–75; Middle English < Latin augurium soothsaying, equivalent to augur augur1 + -ium -ium
Related formsau·gu·ral, adjective
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Examples from the Web for augural

Historical Examples

  • I am writing treatises on augural, pontifical, and civil law.

    Treatises on Friendship and Old Age

    Marcus Tullius Cicero

  • Between the heads are thyrsi or Bacchic rods entwined with ivy and vine shoots, and litui or augural wands used in taking omens.

    Warwickshire

    Clive Holland

  • Thus, the boundaries of Rome itself, of colonies and camps, were all marked out in accordance with the rules of augural procedure.

  • Neither pontifical law nor augural science ever obtained credit outside of the Latin world.

  • The two main streets appear to follow some method of orientation connected with augural science.


British Dictionary definitions for augural

augury

noun plural -ries
  1. the art of or a rite conducted by an augur
  2. a sign or portent; omen
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Word Origin and History for augural

augury

n.

late 14c., "divination from the flight of birds," from Old French augure "divination, soothsaying, sorcery, enchantment," or directly from Latin augurium "divination, the observation and interpretation of omens" (see augur). Figurative sense of "omen, portent, indication" is from 1797 (also often in plural as auguries).

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