Origin of augury
OTHER WORDS FROM auguryau·gu·ral, adjective
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What does augury mean?
The word augur can also be used as a noun to refer to a kind of prophet, oracle, or soothsayer—a person who is said to be able to predict the future by using some mystical ability or means. Augury can refer to the practice of such an augur or to a specific ceremony or rite used by an augur.
Augur can also be used in a more specific way to refer to an Ancient Roman official who acted as soothsayer or priest. Such augurs were responsible for augury that involved interpreting omens to guide decisions. Roman lawmakers would consult augurs before officially taking a position.
Augury can also be used to refer to an omen, sign, or indication of something, as in Red skies in the morning are known to sailors as an augury of bad weather.
Example: Regardless of what form of augury they claim to use, no one can truly predict the future.
Where does augury come from?
The first records of the word augury come from the 1300s. It comes from the Latin augurium, meaning “soothsaying.” It ultimately derives from the Latin verb augēre, “to increase” or “to augment” (with the implication of making something prosper). The English words augment and inaugurate are based on the same root. Inaugurate means “to formally induct someone into public office” and its origin alludes to the Roman practice of politicians consulting augurs.
The Ancient Roman augurs were highly respected religious officials. They were consulted prior to major events such as wars, the founding of colonies, and the induction (inauguration) of political officials. Much of their augury was based on interpreting the flight patterns of birds. Another word for this kind of augur is auspex. The related word auspice means “a favorable sign” or “a divination or prognostication, such as from observing birds.”
Even when augury is used in a general way referring to an indication of something that will happen, it’s associated with the mysticism of its more specific uses that involve attempts to actually predict the future.
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- augural (adjective)
- augur (noun, verb)
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Even when augury is used in a general way, it often calls to mind its more specific senses involving mystical ways of predicting the future.
Forecasting into 3030 would make you a prophet, not a meteorologist. But you'd still have to practice augury no matter which career path you choose. 😉
— Jonny Appleseed ≤🆒 (@J_Dubya80) May 12, 2020
A robin is flying around the chamber of the House of Commons. What strange augury is this?
— Alex Burghart (@alexburghart) January 31, 2018
My laptop screen randomly broke and nothing has been going right since then. Was this some kind of an augury of bad times starting?
— Mashal Rafiq (@mash_rafiq) February 21, 2020
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Which of the following words can be used as a synonym of augury?
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How to use augury in a sentence
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|Wendy Smith|September 25, 2014|DAILY BEAST
But Andrea spills salt upon the table, which evil augury seems to be taken seriously.Frdric Mistral|Charles Alfred Downer
Hope was the first horse Napoleon rode on the island, and it pleased him to think that this name was an augury.Napoleon's Young Neighbor|Helen Leah Reed
No other mode of augury is received with such implicit faith by the people, the nobility, and the priesthood.Archaic England|Harold Bayley