- the art or practice of an augur; divination.
- the rite or ceremony of an augur.
- an omen, token, or indication.
Origin of augury
Related Words for auguryharbinger, precursor, auspice, forerunner, sign, herald, token, warning, prognostication, promise, prophecy, presage, forewarning, portent, foretoken, divination, prediction, soothsaying
Examples from the Web for augury
Contemporary Examples of augury
When he ended Vieux Carré with the stage direction, “The house is empty now,” Lahr somberly terms it “an augury and an epitaph.”John Lahr’s Biography Perfectly Captures Tennessee Williams’ Tortured Greatness
September 25, 2014
Historical Examples of augury
If the augury was propitious the work was entered upon with vigor and confidence.Romulus, Makers of History
I hoped the augury was a true one, but there were times when I doubted.A Virginia Scout
I was always superstitious, and this augury, just at that moment, affected me.
This was the augury the priestess drew, and wondered greatly at the sign.Saronia
If the scales were evenly balanced the augury would be good.How to Read the Crystal
- the art of or a rite conducted by an augur
- a sign or portent; omen
Word Origin and History for augury
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).