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
I hoped the augury was a true one, but there were times when I doubted.
I must again call attention to the phenomenon of echo-augury, that is to say, words heard in an unlooked-for quarter, that, without an appeal to our reason, impel belief.
Checked "augury" in my 1963 Webster's 7th New Collegiate Dictionary - the very same one I used in college all these years ago.
These, yoked to a consecrated chariot, are accompanied by the priest, and king, or chief person of the community, who attentively observe their manner of neighing and snorting; and no kind of augury is more credited, not only among the populace, but among the nobles and priests.
If one observe the movements and cries of birds or of any animals, or the sneezing of men, or the sudden movements of limbs, this belongs in general to "augury," which is so called from the chattering of birds (_avium garritu_), just as
This is a kind of augury, which consists of an enquiry whether the god allows them to request welfare for the State, as if it were unholy even to make a request for it until the action received sanction.
Dio's Rome, Volume 2 An Historical Narrative Originally Composed in Greek During the Reigns of Septimius Severus, Geta and Caracalla, Macrinus, Elagabalus and Alexander Severus; and Now Presented in English Form. Second Volume Extant Books 36-44 (B.C. 69-44).
Paul in Lancs in the TMS inbox: "Re: Nicky in Brussels and his killer chickens, I would respectfully suggest the word 'augury' might be preferable to 'omen'; while omen and augury both now mean the same thing, the derivation of augury, being the practice in ancient Rome of divining the future through the observation of the action of birds, makes it more apt for use in the context of armed poultry combat."
"augury"; while the third consists in doing something in order to discover the occult; and this belongs to "sortilege."
The boffo numbers for the Sunday night contest came on the heels of Thursday night's kickoff that attracted 27.2 million fans — all in all, an augury devoutly to be wished by NBC.
At $4mmbtu the 'energy' equivalent per mmbtu is crude oil priced at $24/bbl an augury of the price of oil to come?