auspice

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noun aus·pice \ˈȯs-pəs\

Definition of auspice

plural

auspices

play \-pə-səz, -ˌsēz\
  1. 1 auspices plural :  kindly patronage and guidance doing research under the auspices of the local historical society

  2. 2 :  a prophetic sign; especially :  a favorable sign

  3. 3 :  observation by an augur especially of the flight and feeding of birds to discover omens

Examples of auspice in a sentence

  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 and Etymology 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




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