augury

[aw-gyuh-ree]

noun, plural au·gu·ries.

the art or practice of an augur; divination.
the rite or ceremony of an augur.
an omen, token, or indication.

Nearby words

  1. augmenter,
  2. augsburg,
  3. augsburg confession,
  4. augur,
  5. augur well for,
  6. august,
  7. augusta,
  8. augustales,
  9. augustan,
  10. auguste

Origin of augury

1325–75; Middle English < Latin augurium soothsaying, equivalent to augur augur1 + -ium -ium

Related formsau·gu·ral, adjective

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British Dictionary definitions for augury

augury

noun plural -ries

the art of or a rite conducted by an augur
a sign or portent; omen
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Word Origin and History for augury

augury

n.

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).

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