- the art or practice of an augur; divination.
- the rite or ceremony of an augur.
- an omen, token, or indication.
Origin of augury
Related Words for auguraldivinatory, fatidic, fatidical, mantic, ominous, oracular, predictive, sibylline, telling, vatic, visionary, foreshadowing, prophetical
Examples from the Web for augural
Historical Examples of augural
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
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 Oriental Religions in Roman Paganism
The two main streets appear to follow some method of orientation connected with augural science.Ancient Town-Planning
- the art of or a rite conducted by an augur
- a sign or portent; omen
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).