Definitions

from The American Heritage® Dictionary of the English Language, 4th Edition

  • n. Protection: a child whose welfare is now under the aegis of the courts.
  • n. Sponsorship; patronage: a concert held under the aegis of the parents' association.
  • n. Guidance, direction, or control: a music program developed under the aegis of the conductor.
  • n. Greek Mythology The goatskin shield or breastplate of Zeus or Athena. Athena's shield carried at its center the head of Medusa.

from Wiktionary, Creative Commons Attribution/Share-Alike License

  • n. A mythological shield associated with Zeus and Athena shown as a short cloak consisting of a goatskin. The aegis of Athena is usually shown with a border of snakes and with the head of Medusa in the center. The aegis is more an emblem of protection and power than an actual military shield.
  • n. Protection, guidance. Usually used as ‘under the aegis’ because of its origin as protection of the shield of Athena.
  • n. Endorsement.
  • n. Sponsorship.

Etymologies

Latin, from Greek aigis, goatskin, skin shield, aegis, from aix, aig-, goat.
(American Heritage® Dictionary of the English Language, Fourth Edition)
From Latin aegis, from Ancient Greek αἰγίς (aigis, "goatskin”, “shield of Athena"), from αἴξ (aix, "goat"). (Wiktionary)

Examples

  • (Athena's shield or "aegis" is decorated with the head of Medusa, the perfect image to paralyze the enemy.)

    Ekphrasis and the Other

  • The extraordinary successes Israelis have demonstrated through a nearly peerless intellectual aegis is something all of us must learn from, particularly within the surrounding region.

    Qanta Ahmed, MD: Collateral Damage: The Hidden Costs of the Ariel Boycott

  • BoB says: looking at patriot act, Google “lil Red Book” get harassed due to their College work? while aei boobs from bohemia run the state dept freely? and that atta was known of well before 9/11? that many have died. that millions have been lied for what, political ideology? while ignoring other issues for your greed neo-kooks what have you done? that 8 billion was “lost in IRAQ” that aegis is shooting at civilians? that more billions have been lost? that Halliburton has engorged itself? mercenaries?

    Think Progress » Bush Caught on Tape: “A Wiretap Requires A Court Order. Nothing Has Changed.”

  • The dreams in my aegis are the dreams of fulfillment in a very absolute sense of the word.

    Previously, on Twitter

  • He has adopted the method of having medical inspection of mental conditions and deficiencies under his aegis, which is a very wise provision, and will save endless trouble.

    Mental Abnormalities—A Factor In Industry

  • Had I properly spelled "bona fide" the instant after dropping "aegis", the gods in their multitude would have probably hit me with several bolts of lightning.

    Amazoning Out

  • As the historian Nancy Cott puts it, “Post-Revolutionary legislators wanted to reassert their authority over what some people had done under the aegis of local tolerance.”

    A Renegade History of the United States

  • In 2007, he announced a bid for the U.S. presidency under the aegis of the Owl Party, which got its name, he told reporters, from being situated midway between the hawks and the doves.

    Unmoored on Land, an Adventurer at Sea

  • Concerned more with mechanics of electoral choices offered from a narrow menu of options, with most of its drama concocted by the media, democracy under the aegis of the markets has become, as both political theorists and those protesting on the streets have attested, ever more distant from notions such as social justice and equality, with less participation, not more.

    It's not just our leaders who are in a crisis. Democracy itself is failing | Peter Beaumont

  • Under the aegis of globalization, the two are closely linked economically, which makes it impossible for the US to fully contain China.

    Notable & Quotable

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