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

  • n. The art, ability, or practice of auguring; divination.
  • n. A sign of something coming; an omen: "The chartist buys when the auguries look favorable and sells on bad omens” ( Burton G. Malkiel).

from Wiktionary, Creative Commons Attribution/Share-Alike License

  • n. A divination based on the appearance and behaviour of animals.
  • n. An omen or prediction; a foreboding; a prophecy.
  • n. An event that is experienced as indicating important things to come.

from the GNU version of the Collaborative International Dictionary of English

  • n. The art or practice of foretelling events by observing the actions of birds, etc.; divination.
  • n. An omen; prediction; prognostication; indication of the future; presage.
  • n. A rite, ceremony, or observation of an augur.

from The Century Dictionary and Cyclopedia

  • n. The art or practice of foretelling events by signs or omens.
  • n. That which forebodes; that from which a prediction is drawn; an omen or significant token.
  • n. Figuratively, indication; presage; promise.
  • n. Synonyms Portent, Sign, etc. See omen.

from WordNet 3.0 Copyright 2006 by Princeton University. All rights reserved.

  • n. an event that is experienced as indicating important things to come

Etymologies

Middle English augurie, from Old French, from Latin augurium, from augur, augur; see augur.
(American Heritage® Dictionary of the English Language, Fourth Edition)
augur +‎ -y, or from Old French augurie, from Latin augurium. (Wiktionary)

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