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 Smith September 24, 2014

Historical Examples

This incident of his infancy was accepted as an augury of his maturity, and he did not belie it.
The Lives of the Saints, Volume II (of 16): February Sabine Baring-Gould

The words had come to her as the interpretation of an augury, the fulfilment of a promise.
The Beth Book Sarah Grand

Divination as practised by means of augury was a rite of the first importance among the Babylonians and Assyrians.
Myths & Legends of Babylonia & Assyria Lewis Spence

They knew not that it was an augury of the fateful tragedy at the gates of Spain.
With Spurs of Gold Frances Nimmo Greene

It was afterwards repaired, and made use of for a place of augury: and its situation was close to the temple of Amon.
A New System; or, an Analysis of Antient Mythology. Volume II. (of VI.) Jacob Bryant

Kitty observed it instantly, and she drew an augury of evil from it.
The Mystery of Lincoln’s Inn Robert Machray

I had felt there was a mysterious meaning in that moment, and in that flight of dim-seen birds an augury of ill-omen for my life.
More Trivia Logan Pearsall Smith

A more precise method of augury is the “Sortes Apostolorum.”
Life on a Mediaeval Barony William Stearns Davis

augury had promised it to him; my mother knew this, and shared his ambition.
A Thorny Path [Per Aspera], Complete Georg Ebers

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

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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