Definition Of augur


(in ancient Rome) a religious official who observed natural signs, especially the behavior of birds, interpreting these as an indication of divine approval or disapproval of a proposed action.

In the case of the augurs or haruspices of Rome, the animal was sacrificed to permit contemplation of the entrails for prophetic purposes.

(of an event or circumstance) portend a good or bad outcome.

the end of the Cold War seemed to augur well

Example Of augur

  • a new coalition would not augur a new period of social reforms

  • Although a crisp breeze had hung in the air when Caleb and his uncle had arrived at Cedar Grove, an azure sky had augured a morning of pleasant weather.

  • An augur in Latin was someone who could see into the future.

  • Appropriately, with his head veiled he had the omens taken on the Capitoline Hill, accompanied by augurs and priests, and received the requested signs.

  • Beyond giving vent to frustrations at a relationship gone seriously awry, such rhetoric augurs a troubled future.

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