Augur well for



Also, augur ill for; bode well or ill for. Have good (or bad) expectations for someone or something. For example, John’s recovery from surgery augurs well for the team and The Republican victory in the Congressional elections bodes ill for affirmative action. The verb augur is derived from the Latin word for “soothsayer” (predictor of the future), a meaning perpetuated in this phrase and so used since the late 1700s. The verb bode comes from the Old English bodian, meaning “to announce or foretell,” and is rarely heard today except in this idiom, which dates from about 1700.

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    the art or practice of an ; divination. the rite or ceremony of an augur. an omen, token, or indication. Historical Examples I am writing treatises on augural, pontifical, and civil law. Treatises on Friendship and Old Age Marcus Tullius Cicero Thus, the boundaries of Rome itself, of colonies and camps, were all marked out […]

  • Augured

    one of a group of ancient Roman officials charged with observing and interpreting omens for guidance in public affairs. soothsayer; prophet. to divine or predict, as from omens; prognosticate. to serve as an omen or promise of; foreshadow; betoken: Mounting sales augur a profitable year. to conjecture from signs or omens; predict. to be a […]



  • Augury

    the art or practice of an ; divination. the rite or ceremony of an augur. an omen, token, or indication. Contemporary Examples When he ended Vieux Carré with the stage direction, “The house is empty now,” Lahr somberly terms it “an augury and an epitaph.” John Lahr’s Biography Perfectly Captures Tennessee Williams’ Tortured Greatness Wendy […]

  • Auguring

    one of a group of ancient Roman officials charged with observing and interpreting omens for guidance in public affairs. soothsayer; prophet. to divine or predict, as from omens; prognosticate. to serve as an omen or promise of; foreshadow; betoken: Mounting sales augur a profitable year. to conjecture from signs or omens; predict. to be a […]



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