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

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