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Saturday, February 21, 2015

Definitions for augur

  1. to conjecture from signs or omens; predict.
  2. to be a sign; bode: The movement of troops augurs ill for the peace of the area.
  3. to divine or predict, as from omens; prognosticate.

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Citations for augur
From all this he augured the death of a man of importance, that very night, in Machaerus. Gustave Flaubert, "Herodias," Three Tales, translated by Arthur McDowall, 1924
…he augured that another fine week for the ducks was approaching, and that rain would certainly ensue. Charles Dickens, The Old Curiosity Shop, 1841
Origin of augur
1540-1550
Augur comes from the Latin verb augēre meaning "to augment" with the original implication of "prosper." It entered English in the mid-1500s.