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auspice Syllabification: aus·pice
Pronunciation: /ˈôspəs/

Definition of auspice in English:


A divine or prophetic token.
Example sentences
  • Cultural genealogy, more so than ordinary genealogy, depends on a belief in the magical and usually divine auspices of lineage.
  • The name sounds right for exchanging marriage vows and what better auspices could there be for starting a nuclear family?


under the auspices of
With the help, support, or protection of: the delegation’s visit was arranged under UN auspices
More example sentences
  • In situ investigations of human rights situations have been carried out under the auspices of all the regional organizations.
  • A six-month course for 10 nurses will be held at the hospital under the auspices of the University of Essex.
  • The fact that they have been published under the auspices of the UN, however, lends them additional weight.
patronage, aegis, umbrella, protection, keeping, care;
support, backing, guardianship, trusteeship, guidance, supervision


Mid 16th century (originally denoting the observation of bird flight in divination): from French, or from Latin auspicium, from auspex 'observer of birds', from avis 'bird' + specere 'to look'.

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