- Usually auspices. patronage; support; sponsorship: under the auspices of the Department of Education.
- Often auspices. a favorable sign or propitious circumstance.
- a divination or prognostication, originally from observing birds.
Origin of auspice
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Auspice, aw′spis, n. an omen drawn from observing birds: augury—generally used in pl.
My little heroine, Jerry Carroway, is engaged as their factotum, and every auspice is favorable.Mary Anerley
R. D. Blackmore
This form of divination, so well known to the Romans, is still kept in remembrance by the use of the words augury and auspice.
- (usually plural) patronage or guidance (esp in the phrase under the auspices of)
- (often plural) a sign or omen, esp one that is favourable
C16: from Latin auspicium augury from birds; see auspex
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