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
Recent Examples on the Web But the whole auspice here is not to pat ourselves on the back. Jake Coyle, Star Tribune, 26 Feb. 2021 However, there is no context that validates the use of this term in relation to progress without disregarding the brutal reality of what happened in this country’s history under the auspice of Manifest Destiny. Valerie Strauss, Washington Post, 9 Jan. 2018 And also under the auspice of, so to speak, that good things are for sharing. John S. Marshall, Houston Chronicle, 19 Jan. 2018 The funds were raised under the auspice of Tulane's $1.3 billion fundraising campaign. . . . . . . . Wilborn P. Nobles Iii,, 16 Jan. 2018 Scientists have been fascinated by this work because this phenomenon was predicted a century ago under the auspice of Albert Einstein's theory of general relativity. Diana Samuels,, 22 Dec. 2017 These concerns were raised during a panel discussion in an event presented by the Institute for the Study of Global Antisemitism and Policy-Skylake Synagogue alliance with the auspice and collaboration of ATJC. Sergio Carmona, Jewish Journal, 2 June 2017 Angell’s under Bacquet’s auspice introduced a new tapas menu that runs concurrent with the dinner menu. James Patrick Kelly, idahostatesman, 27 Apr. 2017 Dabdoub sought to place the incident at a New Orleans substation under the auspice of other incidents seen across the company's grid nationwide. Wilborn P. Nobles Iii,, 29 June 2017 See More

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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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“Auspice.” Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, Accessed 14 Aug. 2022.

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