auspice

[aw-spis]
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noun, plural aus·pic·es [aw-spuh-siz] /ˈɔ spə sɪz/.
  1. Usually auspices. patronage; support; sponsorship: under the auspices of the Department of Education.
  2. Often auspices. a favorable sign or propitious circumstance.
  3. a divination or prognostication, originally from observing birds.

Origin of auspice

1525–35; < French < Latin auspicium a bird-watching, divination from flight of birds, equivalent to auspic- (stem of auspex) + -ium -ium
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auspice

noun plural -pices (-pɪsɪz)
  1. (usually plural) patronage or guidance (esp in the phrase under the auspices of)
  2. (often plural) a sign or omen, esp one that is favourable

Word Origin for auspice

C16: from Latin auspicium augury from birds; see auspex
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