au·​gu·​ry | \ ˈȯ-gyə-rē How to pronounce augury (audio) , -gə- \
plural auguries

Definition of augury

1 : divination from auspices (see auspice sense 3) or omens Ancient augury involved the interpretation of the flight patterns of birds. also : an instance of this
2 : omen, portent " … the best augury of a man's success in his profession is that he thinks it the finest in the world."— George Eliot

Examples of augury in a Sentence

a yearbook augury that of all the graduates, he would be the most likely to succeed some people believe that a broken mirror is an augury of seven years' bad luck
Recent Examples on the Web During the past 14 years of drought, the Colorado River Delta has been a living augury of the Colorado River and the ever-expanding swell of Southwesterners who depend on it. The Editors, Outside Online, 23 Dec. 2014 As of Sunday, 55,000 of those ballots came from districts that Adams won — a far higher share than went to any other candidate, and a good augury for the current leader. Noah Millman, The Week, 29 June 2021 Tesla’s trillion-plus valuation amounts to an augury by investors that EVs will turn out to be a bonanza for Tesla and Tesla alone. Shawn Tully, Fortune, 30 Nov. 2021 Further, their closure should not necessarily be read as an augury of continuing franchise attrition. Chris Lee, Vulture, 10 Mar. 2021 June served as an augury for the city, with the 21st hottest average June temperature on record. Julia Musto, Fox News, 2 Sep. 2020 There are three strands to the 2020 augury this offers. The Economist, 18 Dec. 2019 This speculative novel depicts a society in which citizens live and die by the auguries of predictive algorithms developed by a mega-corporation called Beetle. Evan Osnos, The New Yorker, 6 Jan. 2020 Now science may have found an answer, in the form of molecular augury. Michele Cohen Marill, Wired, 19 Dec. 2019 See More

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First Known Use of augury

15th century, in the meaning defined at sense 1

History and Etymology for augury

see augur entry 1

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“Augury.” Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, Accessed 25 May. 2022.

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