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auspice Line breaks: aus|pice
Pronunciation: /ˈɔːspɪs/

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 course is run under the auspices of the Anglican Church
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, guidance, support, backing, guardianship, trusteeship, sponsorship, supervision, influence, control, charge, responsibility, keeping, care
archaic ward


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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