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Saturday, March 25, 2000

Definitions for augury

  1. The art or practice of foretelling events; divination.
  2. An omen; prediction; prognostication; indication of the future.

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Citations for augury
But if Sligo seemed the eternal moment, the farms at Thomastown, with their seventeen bickering tenants, recalcitrant income and occasional violent incidents, represented a closer augury of the future. R. F. Foster, W.B. Yeats: A Life, Vol. 1
Mr. Lee's new book, "A Moment of War: A Memoir of the Spanish Civil War," is a bleak monument to a conflict that is remembered now mainly as an augury of World War II. Verlyn Klinkenborg, New York Times
Origin of augury
1325-1375
Augury is from Latin augurium, from augur, a soothsayer.