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aegis

noun ae·gis \ˈē-jəs also ˈā-\

Simple Definition of aegis

  • : the power to protect, control, or support something or someone

Full Definition of aegis

  1. 1 :  a shield or breastplate emblematic of majesty that was associated with Zeus and Athena

  2. 2 a :  protection <under the aegis of the Constitution> b :  controlling or conditioning influence <passed new laws under the aegis of national security>

  3. 3 a :  auspices, sponsorship <under the aegis of the museum> b :  control or guidance especially by an individual, group, or system

Examples of aegis

  1. <having no claim to the land under the aegis of the law, the cattle baron decided to claim it by force>

  2. <a medical study that was questioned by many because it was done under the aegis of a major pharmaceutical company>



Variants of aegis

also egis play \ˈē-jəs also ˈā-\

Origin of aegis

Latin, from Greek aigis, literally, goatskin, from aig-, aix goat; akin to Armenian ayc goat


First Known Use: 1581



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