- an augur of ancient Rome.
Origin of auspex
- 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
Examples from the Web for auspices
Surely you could visit these places independently outside of the auspices of a group, I say to Lear.Adventures in Gay History With Oscar Wilde
June 11, 2014
The discussion was held under the auspices of two Members of Knesset, Tamar Zandberg and Dov Henin.Toward a WMD-Free Zone in the Middle East
October 28, 2013
Nor, despite being hosted under the auspices of a think-tank, did the evening revolve around scholarship.Mr. Lieberman Goes To Washington
December 3, 2012
We have grown up under the auspices of an industrial food chain that is one and a half centuries old.How Corn Got So Sweet
August 25, 2009
Having got the promise of them from Agesilaus, he proceeded to take the auspices.Hellenica
It will be an advantage to him, in a way, to have sung under the auspices of our committee.The Dominant Strain
Anna Chapin Ray
Do we not serve under Aemilius Paullus and his Illyrian auspices?The Lion's Brood
They starved, or they performed or exhibited 'under the auspices of.'The Master-Knot of Human Fate
The auspices ceased to be taken at marriages from the time of Cicero.Folkways
William Graham Sumner
- Roman history another word for augur (def. 1)
- (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 and History for auspices
plural (and now the usual form) of auspice; 1530s, "observation of birds for the purpose of taking omens," from French auspice (14c.), from Latin auspicum "function of an auspex" (q.v.). Meaning "any indication of the future (especially favorable)" is from 1650s; earlier (1630s) in extended sense of "benevolent influence of greater power, influence exerted on behalf of someone or something," originally in expression under the auspices of.
1590s, "one who observes flights of birds for the purpose of taking omens," from Latin auspex "interpreter of omens given by birds," from PIE *awi-spek- "observer of birds," from *awi- "bird" (see aviary) + *spek- "to see" (see scope (n.1)). Connection between birds and omens also is in Greek oionos "bird of prey, bird of omen, omen," and ornis "bird," which also could mean "omen."