- a distinctive and pervasive quality or character; air; atmosphere: an aura of respectability; an aura of friendliness.
- a subtly pervasive quality or atmosphere seen as emanating from a person, place, or thing.
- Pathology. a sensation, as of lights or a current of warm or cold air, preceding an attack of migraine or epilepsy.
Origin of aura
- a companion of Artemis who bore twins to Dionysus. Zeus changed her into a spring because, in a fit of madness, she had killed one of her children.
Related Words for auraatmosphere, semblance, tone, mood, scent, aspect, ambience, feeling, quality, feel, appearance, suggestion, background, emanation
Examples from the Web for aura
Contemporary Examples of aura
Most of the Atari employees I saw projected an aura of almost delirious bliss.‘Asteroids’ & The Dawn of the Gamer Age
November 29, 2014
It gives them all aura, a collective power, an almost animal force.War Is Hell and Such Good Fun
November 11, 2014
He was, in fact, of average height, but he had an aura like a pope or a head of state.Ben Bradlee Was the Last of the Newspaper Giants
October 22, 2014
That decision provided an aura of authority that attracted new recruits and seemed to pay off in the short term.Has ISIS Peaked as a Military Power?
October 22, 2014
His aura was calm, and his being exuded a subtle spiritual magnetism.When Gary Wright Met George Harrison: Dream Weaver, John and Yoko, and More
September 29, 2014
Historical Examples of aura
"Lee—over there—" Aura's whispered words were drab with horror.
Trembling, Lee stood up, with the mute, white-faced Aura clinging to him.
He called back, "Aura—you stay where you are—you hide, until it's over—"
Luckily it was Helen's aura, not mine, and she had to chaperone it and do the politenesses.
When I talked about scrubbing my aura, I was only trying to be funny.
- a distinctive air or quality considered to be characteristic of a person or thing
- any invisible emanation, such as a scent or odour
- pathol strange sensations, such as noises in the ears or flashes of light, that immediately precede an attack, esp of epilepsy
- (in parapsychology) an invisible emanation produced by and surrounding a person or object: alleged to be discernible by individuals of supernormal sensibility
Word Origin for aura
Word Origin and History for aura
1870 in spiritualism, "subtle emanation around living beings;" earlier "characteristic impression" made by a personality (1859), earlier still "gentle breeze" (late 14c.), from Latin aura "breeze, wind, air," from Greek aura "breath, breeze," from PIE root *awer- (see air (n.1)).
- A sensation, as of a cold breeze or a bright light, that precedes the onset of certain disorders, such as an epileptic seizure or an attack of migraine.