Definitions

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  • noun The office or period of office of an augur.

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  • noun The office, or period of office, of an augur.

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  • noun historical The office (or period of office) of an augur in ancient Rome.

Etymologies

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From augur +‎ -ship.

Examples

  • To become a pontifex was to enter the most exclusive enclave of political power in Rome; the augurship came a close second and there were some families whose augurships were as jealously guarded and prized as any family guarded and prized its pontificate, but always the pontificate came out that little bit ahead.

    Fortune's Favorites

  • It was also noted that Sulla had given himself a priesthood to complement the augurship he held already-and that he was the only man to hold both.

    Fortune's Favorites

  • And though Sulla had laid down that the college should consist of eight plebeians and seven patricians, at the time of Gaius Cotta's death it contained nine plebeians and only six patricians, due to Sulla's need to reward this man and that with pontificate or augurship.

    Fortune's Favorites

  • The thirteen other priests, including Dalmaticus Pontifex Maximus, thought this was a splendid way out of the Ahenobarbus dilemma, particularly because old Ahenobarbus had secured an augurship for his younger son, Lucius, not long before he died.

    The First Man in Rome

  • Pliny obtained the augurship, probably in 103 or 104, in succession to

    The Student's Companion to Latin Authors

  • But was it possible for you to stand for the augurship at a time when Curio was not in Italy? or even at the time when you were elected, could you have got the votes of one single tribe without the aid of Curio? whose intimate friends even were convicted of violence for having been too zealous in your favour.

    The Orations of Marcus Tullius Cicero, Volume 4

  • You have said, that you retired in my favour from the contest for the augurship.

    The Orations of Marcus Tullius Cicero, Volume 4

  • And if in the inscription on his bust the words 'consulship,' 'censorship,' 'triumph' are read without arousing any indignation, in what mood will the reader regard the words which you are going to add, 'augurship' and 'pontificate'?

    The History of Rome, Vol. II

  • Then, after various questions to Atticus, comes that great one as to the augurship, of which so much has been made by Cicero's enemies, “quo quidem uno ego ab istis capi possim.”

    The Life of Cicero

  • Then, after various questions to Atticus, comes that great one as to the augurship, of which so much has been made by

    Life of Cicero Volume One

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