- 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 Words for auguredforeshadow, signify, foretell, presage, portend, harbinger, read, prophesy, adumbrate, forecast, herald, promise, bespeak, prognosticate, bode, soothsay
Examples from the Web for augured
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.West Virginia. Sigh.
June 19, 2012
Historical Examples of augured
We dined together, and augured well of the skill of the new cook.The Memoires of Casanova, Complete
Jacques Casanova de Seingalt
Charles believed them, and broke into a fury that augured badly for his guest.Historical Tales, Vol. 6 (of 15)
By his manner I augured that my reign had passed, and that I must quit my post.Memoirs of the Comtesse du Barry
Etienne Leon Lamothe-Langon
His answer was a dubious movement of the head which augured ill.Fairy Fingers
Anna Cora Mowatt Ritchie
The success which all this augured to the Abbé Blampoix had not failed him.Rene Mauperin
Edmond de Goncourt and Jules de Goncourt
- 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 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.