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augury

Line breaks: au¦gury
Pronunciation: /ˈɔːɡjʊri
 
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Definition of augury in English:

noun (plural auguries)

1A sign of what will happen in the future; an omen: they heard the sound as an augury of death
More example sentences
  • But the auguries for the future are more ambiguous.
  • They are also auguries of the future: what was won for women and for racial and ethnic minorities will surely be won, in the lifetimes of some of us, for gay and lesbian couples.
  • For one thing, political and economic auguries, specific market conditions, and likely future trends need all to be taken into account.
1.1 [mass noun] The interpretation of omens.
Example sentences
  • A brace of dead geese, embodying the classical Roman method of augury, act as an image of mortality.
  • As Hamlet remarked, ‘We defy augury… The readiness is all’.
  • And by the way, Ganesha is an icon of good augury in almost all Asian countries.

Origin

late Middle English (in the sense 'divination'): from Old French augurie or Latin augurium 'interpretation of omens', from augur (see augur).

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