auspice

noun aus·pice \ ˈȯs-pəs \
Updated on: 9 Jan 2018

Definition of auspice

plural auspices play \-pə-səz, -ˌsēz\
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

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

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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



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