from The Century Dictionary and Cyclopedia

  • v. To initiate or inaugurate with ceremonies calculated to insure good luck. This meaning of the word was borrowed from the Roman practice of taking the auspices before undertaking any important business.
  • v. To begin or introduce in a favorable or auspicious manner.
  • v. To be an augury of; foreshow.


  • Why the W.C.T.U. should object to the use of champagne to auspicate the career of a new ship at her launching is more than we have ever been able to make out.

    ‘A Baptism of Oil,’ The New York Times, March 25, 1905

  • The next day King John, to auspicate his temporal affairs with spiritual devotions (and yet to shew what he thought of some superstitious follies of those times), went undauntedly into the Cathedral Church of that city, being much persuaded by many (for monkish impostures persuaded many it was very ominous for a King to enter that and certain other places), and there offered a golden challice on Saint John's altar, which no King before him ever durst do.

    Beauties of English and Scottish History


This word comes from the Latin 'auspex,' interpreter of omens given by birds.