augur

Definitions

  • WordNet 3.6
    • v augur indicate by signs "These signs bode bad news"
    • v augur predict from an omen
    • n augur (ancient Rome) a religious official who interpreted omens to guide public policy
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Webster's Revised Unabridged Dictionary
    • Augur (Rom. Antiq) An official diviner who foretold events by the singing, chattering, flight, and feeding of birds, or by signs or omens derived from celestial phenomena, certain appearances of quadrupeds, or unusual occurrences.
    • Augur One who foretells events by omens; a soothsayer; a diviner; a prophet. "Augur of ill, whose tongue was never found
      Without a priestly curse or boding sound."
    • Augur To anticipate, to foretell, or to indicate a favorable or an unfavorable issue; as, to augur well or ill.
    • Augur To conjecture from signs or omens; to prognosticate; to foreshow. "My auguring mind assures the same success."
    • v. t Augur To predict or foretell, as from signs or omens; to betoken; to presage; to infer. "It seems to augur genius.""I augur everything from the approbation the proposal has met with."
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Century Dictionary and Cyclopedia
    • n augur Among the ancient Romans, a functionary whose duty it was to observe and to interpret, according to traditional rules, the auspices, or reputed natural signs concerning future events. These auspices were studied, with a fixed ceremonial, in the following classes of phenomena: signs from the heavens, including thunder and lightining, and other meteorological manifestations; signs from the direction of flight or the various cries of birds; signs from the manner of eating of domestic hens kept for this purpose; signs from the movements and attitudes of animals; evil omens from various fortuitous incidents, such as the fall of any object, the gnawing of a mouse, the creaking of a chair, etc., occurring during the augural ceremonies, or when these were about to begin. The official or public augurs, who constituted a college, probably founded by Numa, were originally three in number. By the time of Tarquin they had been increased to six. After 300 B. C. the number became nine, of whom five must be plebeians. Sulla made the number fifteen; Julius Cæsar, sixteen, not including his own official membership in his character of perpetual chief priest and dictator; and toward the close of the empire the number was still further increased. The augurs wore the sacerdotal prætexta, or toga with a broad purple border, and their distinctive emblem was the curved rod called the lituus, with which they marked out the limits of the templum or boundary within which the omens with which they had to do were to be observed. Before any public business or ceremony was undertaken the augurs decided whether the auspices were propitious, or whether unfavorable omens demanded interruption or delay; they conducted the inauguration or exauguration of priests, temples, and places, such as new settlements, and fixed the times of movable festivals. In the engraving, the figure holds the lituus in his right hand, while one of the sacred fowls appears at his feet.
    • n augur Hence One who pretends to foretell future events by omens; a soothsayer; a prophet; one who bodes, forebodes, or portends.
    • augur To prognosticate from signs, omens, or indications; predict; anticipate: with a personal subject.
    • augur To betoken; forebode: with a non-personal or impersonal subject.
    • augur Synonyms To portend, presage, foreshadow, be ominous of.
    • augur To conjecture from signs or omens.
    • augur To be a sign; bode: with well or ill.
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Chambers's Twentieth Century Dictionary
    • n Augur aw′gur among the Romans, one who gained knowledge of secret or future things by observing the flight and the cries of birds: a diviner; a soothsayer
    • v.t Augur to foretell from signs
    • v.i Augur to guess or conjecture: to forebode
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Etymology

Webster's Revised Unabridged Dictionary
L. Of uncertain origin: the first part of the word is perh. fr. L. avis, bird, and the last syllable, gur, equiv. to the Skr. gar, to call, akin to L. garrulus, garrulous

Usage

In literature:

Adair thought the term lieutenant augured ill.
"The Three Admirals" by W.H.G. Kingston
I augured the worst, because there was no cry; no shots were fired.
"Marmaduke Merry" by William H. G. Kingston
General Augur of his command at the same time moved up from Baton Rouge.
"The Gulf and Inland Waters" by A. T. Mahan
I stood up pale and trembling, for I augured no good from this commencement.
"Peter Simple" by Frederick Marryat
From this brief incident, young as I was, I augured badly of Captain Reud.
"Rattlin the Reefer" by Edward Howard
My first meeting with Lord Kitchener had taken place under conditions that augured no agreeable experience.
"Experiences of a Dug-out, 1914-1918" by Charles Edward Callwell
Neither pontifical law nor augural science ever obtained credit outside of the Latin world.
"The Oriental Religions in Roman Paganism" by Franz Cumont
At Acquia Creek, he found that General Augur, having sent all his wounded North, was just abandoning the communication.
"Charles Carleton Coffin" by William Elliot Griffis
For my own part, I think nothing can augur worse for the Government than this very bout.
"Memoirs of the Court of George IV. 1820-1830 (Vol 1)" by Duke of Buckingham and Chandos
In later years a hole was bored in the tree with an augur; and sap-buckets were used instead of troughs.
"Home Life in Colonial Days" by Alice Morse Earle
I thought the meeting augured well, and when I told him my plans he gave me the most cheering encouragement.
"Wonderful Adventures of Mrs. Seacole in Many Lands" by Mary Seacole
How can it augur love, to take out of our way all things loved or loving?
"The Well in the Desert" by Emily Sarah Holt
I augur little success from the plan which you have been induced to follow.
"The Peasant and the Prince" by Harriet Martineau
The augurs were skilled advisers of the magistrates, but could not themselves take the auspices.
"The Religious Experience of the Roman People" by W. Warde Fowler
In the centre of the room, four augur holes were bored in the logs, about three inches in diameter.
"Daniel Boone" by John S. C. Abbott
The exclusion of Japanese students from the public schools of San Francisco, 1906, seemed for a time to augur grave results.
"History of the United States, Volume 6 (of 6)" by E. Benjamin Andrews
It may be a gift which augurs delicacy and refinement, but it always brings discomfort to its possessor.
"Earl Hubert's Daughter" by Emily Sarah Holt
Economically, too, the augurs had been there.
"Mercenary" by Dallas McCord Reynolds
The resolution he here forms augurs for the future a still greater moral deterioration.
"Shakespeare's Lost Years in London, 1586-1592" by Arthur Acheson
The prospect augured well for the Maison Hieropath.
"The Joyous Adventures of Aristide Pujol" by William J. Locke
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In poetry:

He was an Augur, quite at home
In all things present done,
Deeds past, and every act to come
In ages yet to run.
"Sir Hornbook" by Thomas Love Peacock
But thou shrieking harbinger,
Foul precurrer of the fiend,
Augur of the fever's end,
To this troop come thou not near.
"The Phoenix And The Turtle" by William Shakespeare
Swift I arose. Soft winds were stirring
The curtains of the Morn,
Auguring day, by signs unerring,
Lovely as e'er was born.
"Two Visions" by Alfred Austin
I've been told by my friends (if they do not belie me)
My promise was such as no parent would scorn;
The wise and the aged who prophesied by me
Augured nothing but good of me when I was born.
"My Birthday" by Charles Lamb
Teach us your patience, brave,
Dear flowers, till we shall dare to part like you,
Willing God's will, sure that his clock strikes true,
That his sweet day augurs a sweeter morrow,
With smiles, not sorrow.
"Time To Go" by Susan Coolidge
Your herdsmen dream;--fish take the place
Of men; on banners falcons fly,
Displacing snakes and tortoises.
The augur tells his prophecy:--
"The first betoken plenteous years; the change
Of banners shows of homes a widening range."
"The Condition Of King Seuen's Flocks" by Confucius

In news:

Nor does it make sense to emphasize the augurs for the future in our DNA when they are just part of the equation telling us what is happening, or might happen, to our bodies in time.
Oakland's 6th Annual Indie Awards Augur a Small, Lean, Local Future.
Robert Powling, a Marlboro resident, clears debris from the only bridge still standing near Augur Hole Road on Friday.
Augur Hole Road used to be known as a fairly smooth, paved two-lane road, with a legendary long, sharp curve.
Local downturn a hiccup or augur of a bleak future.
Stampede City's pampering spas augur wellness.
Warhol's Rife Photos Augur Our Crummy Era.
It used to be the New Hampshire primary that augured the chances of a candidate.
THE augurs of ancient Rome predicted fortune and ruin based on the flight and behavior of birds, believing that bird activity revealed the hidden patterns of life and the plans of the gods.
House Speaker John Boehner agreed with President Barack Obama that a bipartisan "spirit of cooperation" has been evident since the election that augurs well for talks expected to begin Friday at the White House.
For Chiefs fans, August augurs almost nothing but pain.
Europe's Lingering Crisis Augurs Badly for Its Clout .
An unhappy poll does not augur well for the future.
Europe's Lingering Crisis Augurs Badly for Its Clout.
Microsoft's acquisition of Yammer augurs a 'silent revolution' in the enterprise software market.
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In science:

This prototype matches the geometrical requirements of the ILD vertex detector and its current performances augur well for the design and fabrication in 2012 of a double-sided ladder featuring the desired material budget, O(0.3) % X0 .
Development of Single- and Double-sided Ladders for the ILD Vertex Detectors
The Earth is slightly more massive than Venus, and this augurs well for the existence of coorbiting satellite companions.
Asteroids in the Inner Solar System I - Existence
Solar-like oscillations have been convincingly observed on other stars and augur asteroseismic diagnosis that will raise stellar physics to a new level of sophistication.
Solar-type Variables
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