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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.

  1. a divination or prognostication, originally from observing birds.

Origin of auspice

First recorded in 1525–35; from French, from Latin auspicium “a bird-watching, divination from flight of birds,” equivalent to auspic- (stem of auspex) + -ium -ium

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British Dictionary definitions for auspice


/ (ˈɔːspɪs) /

nounplural -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

Origin of auspice

C16: from Latin auspicium augury from birds; see auspex

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