aus·​pice | \ ˈȯ-spəs How to pronounce auspice (audio) \
plural auspices\ ˈȯ-​spə-​səz How to pronounce auspice (audio) , -​ˌsēz \

Definition of auspice

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

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Examples of auspice in a Sentence

a program for inner-city youths that is under the auspices of a national corporation interpreted the teacher's smile as an auspice that he would get an A on his presentation
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First Known Use of auspice

1533, in the meaning defined at sense 3

History and Etymology for auspice

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

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The first known use of auspice was in 1533

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“Auspice.” Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, Accessed 5 Mar. 2021.

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