augury

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noun au·gu·ry \ˈȯ-gyə-rē, -gə-\

Definition of augury

plural

auguries

  1. 1 :  divination from auspices (see auspice 3) or omens <Ancient augury involved the interpretation of the flight patterns of birds.>; also :  an instance of this

  2. 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

  1. <a yearbook augury that of all the graduates, he would be the most likely to succeed>

  2. <some people believe that a broken mirror is an augury of seven years' bad luck>

Origin and Etymology of augury

see 1augur


First Known Use: 14th century



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