auspice


aus·pice

noun \ˈs-pəs\
plural aus·pic·es \-pə-səz, -ˌsēz\

Definition of AUSPICE

1
:  observation by an augur especially of the flight and feeding of birds to discover omens
2
plural :  kindly patronage and guidance <doing research under the auspices of the local historical society>
3
:  a prophetic sign; especially :  a favorable sign

Examples of AUSPICE

  1. <a program for inner-city youths that is under the auspices of a national corporation>
  2. <interpreted the teacher's smile as an auspice that he would get an A on his presentation>

Origin of AUSPICE

Latin auspicium, from auspic-, auspex diviner by birds, from avis bird + specere to look, look at — more at aviary, spy
First Known Use: 1533

Other Occult Terms

augury, censor, invocation, lucidity, metempsychosis, mojo, numinous, preternatural, weird, wraith

Browse

Next Word in the Dictionary: auspicious
Previous Word in the Dictionary: auspicate
All Words Near: auspice

Seen & Heard

What made you want to look up auspice? Please tell us where you read or heard it (including the quote, if possible).

Get Our Free Apps
Voice Search, Favorites,
Word of the Day, and More
Join Us on FB & Twitter
Get the Word of the Day and More