- 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 auguringforeshadow, signify, foretell, presage, portend, diviner, harbinger, seer, prognosticator, forecaster, prophet, herald, oracle, soothsayer, read, prophesy, adumbrate, forecast, promise, bespeak
Examples from the Web for auguring
Historical Examples of auguring
Au′gurship; Au′gury, the art or practice of auguring: an omen.
Auguring no good; perhaps Decheance and Deposition after all!The French Revolution
November opened with more moderate weather, auguring still better conditions for midsummer.The Home of the Blizzard
But scarcely had he arrived when disgust set in to the extent of auguring very ill of his reign.A Popular History of France From The Earliest Times
Francois Pierre Guillaume Guizot
The Queen made no answer, and Harold, auguring ill from her silence, moved on and opened the door of the oratory.Harold, Complete
- 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.