Augural



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 in accordance with the rules of augural procedure.
Encyclopaedia Britannica, 11th Edition, Volume 12, Slice 5 Various

Between the heads are thyrsi or Bacchic rods entwined with ivy and vine shoots, and litui or augural wands used in taking omens.
Warwickshire Clive Holland

Neither pontifical law nor augural science ever obtained credit outside of the Latin world.
The Oriental Religions in Roman Paganism Franz Cumont

The two main streets appear to follow some method of orientation connected with augural science.
Ancient Town-Planning F. Haverfield

The year of this letter has been inferred from the mention of Lentulus’s augural banquet.
The Letters of Cicero, Volume 1 Marcus Tullius Cicero

noun (pl) -ries
the art of or a rite conducted by an augur
a sign or portent; omen
n.

late 14c., “divination from the flight of birds,” from Old French augure “divination, soothsaying, sorcery, enchantment,” or directly from Latin augurium “divination, the observation and interpretation of omens” (see augur). Figurative sense of “omen, portent, indication” is from 1797 (also often in plural as auguries).

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