Auspex



an augur of ancient Rome.
noun (pl) auspices (ˈɔːspɪˌsiːz)
(Roman history) another word for augur (sense 1)
n.

1590s, “one who observes flights of birds for the purpose of taking omens,” from Latin auspex “interpreter of omens given by birds,” from PIE *awi-spek- “observer of birds,” from *awi- “bird” (see aviary) + *spek- “to see” (see scope (n.1)). Connection between birds and omens also is in Greek oionos “bird of prey, bird of omen, omen,” and ornis “bird,” which also could mean “omen.”

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    Usually, auspices. patronage; support; sponsorship: under the auspices of the Department of Education. Often, auspices. a favorable sign or propitious circumstance. a divination or prognostication, originally from observing birds. Historical Examples This form of divination, so well known to the Romans, is still kept in remembrance by the use of the words augury and auspice. […]



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    an augur of ancient Rome. Usually, auspices. patronage; support; sponsorship: under the auspices of the Department of Education. Often, auspices. a favorable sign or propitious circumstance. a divination or prognostication, originally from observing birds. Contemporary Examples The discussion was held under the auspices of two Members of Knesset, Tamar Zandberg and Dov Henin. Toward a […]

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    of or relating to auspices: auspicial rites. .



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