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  1. one of a group of ancient Roman officials charged with observing and interpreting omens for guidance in public affairs.
  2. soothsayer; prophet.
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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.
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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.
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Origin of augur1

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


[aw-ger]Western U.S.
verb (used without object)
  1. to argue, talk, or converse.
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  1. an excessively talkative person.
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Origin of augur2

1920–25; metathetic variant of argue; noun perhaps by association with auger
Can be confusedauger augur
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Examples from the Web for auguring

Historical Examples

  • Au′gurship; Au′gury, the art or practice of auguring: an omen.

    Chambers's Twentieth Century Dictionary (part 1 of 4: A-D)


  • Auguring no good; perhaps Decheance and Deposition after all!

    The French Revolution

    Thomas Carlyle

  • November opened with more moderate weather, auguring still better conditions for midsummer.

  • But scarcely had he arrived when disgust set in to the extent of auguring very ill of his reign.

  • The Queen made no answer, and Harold, auguring ill from her silence, moved on and opened the door of the oratory.

    Harold, Complete

    Edward Bulwer-Lytton

British Dictionary definitions for auguring


  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
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  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
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Derived Formsaugural (ˈɔːɡjʊrəl), adjectiveaugurship, noun

Word Origin

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



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."

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

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