augur

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[aw-ger]
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noun
  1. one of a group of ancient Roman officials charged with observing and interpreting omens for guidance in public affairs.
  2. soothsayer; prophet.
verb (used with object)
  1. to divine or predict, as from omens; prognosticate.
  2. to serve as an omen or promise of; foreshadow; betoken: Mounting sales augur a profitable year.
verb (used without object)
  1. to conjecture from signs or omens; predict.
  2. to be a sign; bode: The movement of troops augurs ill for the peace of the area.

Origin of augur

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1540–50; < Latin augur (variant of auger) a diviner, soothsayer, derivative of augēre to augment with orig. implication of “prosper”; cf. august
Can be confusedauger augur

augur

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[aw-ger]Western U.S.
verb (used without object)
  1. to argue, talk, or converse.
noun
  1. an excessively talkative person.

Origin of augur

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1920–25; metathetic variant of argue; noun perhaps by association with auger
Can be confusedauger augur
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Contemporary Examples of augured

  • A mid-70s big textbook battle in the capital city of Charleston over the usual things, science and God, augured what was coming.

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    West Virginia. Sigh.

    Michael Tomasky

    June 19, 2012

Historical Examples of augured


British Dictionary definitions for augured

augur

noun
  1. Also called: auspex (in ancient Rome) a religious official who observed and interpreted omens and signs to help guide the making of public decisions
  2. any prophet or soothsayer
verb
  1. to predict (some future event), as from signs or omens
  2. (tr; may take a clause as object) to be an omen (of); presage
  3. (intr) to foreshadow future events to be as specified; bodethis augurs well for us
Derived Formsaugural (ˈɔːɡjʊrəl), adjectiveaugurship, noun

Word Origin for augur

C14: from Latin: a diviner, perhaps from augēre to increase
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Word Origin and History for augured

augur

n.

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."

augur

v.

c.1600, from augur (n.). Related: Augured; auguring.

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