auspice

[aw-spis]

noun, plural aus·pic·es [aw-spuh-siz] /ˈɔ spə sɪz/.

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.

Nearby words

  1. auslaut,
  2. auslese,
  3. ausonius,
  4. auspex,
  5. auspicate,
  6. auspices,
  7. auspicial,
  8. auspicious,
  9. auspiciously,
  10. aussat

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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British Dictionary definitions for auspice

auspice

noun plural -pices (-pɪsɪz)

(usually plural) patronage or guidance (esp in the phrase under the auspices of)
(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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