auspice


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aus·pice

 (ô′spĭs)
n. pl. aus·pi·ces (ô′spĭ-sĭz, -sēz′)
1. also auspices Protection or support; patronage.
2. A sign indicative of future prospects; an omen: Auspices for the venture seemed favorable.
3. Observation of and divination from the actions of birds.

[Latin auspicium, bird divination, auspices, from auspex, auspic-, bird augur; see awi- in Indo-European roots.]

auspice

(ˈɔːspɪs)
n, pl -pices (-pɪsɪz)
1. (usually plural) patronage or guidance (esp in the phrase under the auspices of)
2. (often plural) a sign or omen, esp one that is favourable
[C16: from Latin auspicium augury from birds; see auspex]

aus•pice

(ˈɔ spɪs)

n., pl. aus•pic•es (ˈɔ spə sɪz)
1. Usu., auspices. patronage; support; sponsorship.
2. Often, auspices. a favorable sign or propitious circumstance.
3. a divination or prognostication, orig. from observing birds.
[1525–35; < French < Latin auspicium < auspex]

auspice

- Originally denoted the observation of bird flight as a form of divination.
See also related terms for observation.
ThesaurusAntonymsRelated WordsSynonymsLegend:
Noun1.auspice - a favorable omenauspice - a favorable omen      
omen, portent, prognostic, prognostication, presage, prodigy - a sign of something about to happen; "he looked for an omen before going into battle"

auspice

noun
Aid or support given by a patron.Often used in plural:
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Aided by Duncan and the younger Mohican, the two latter descended the precipitous sides of that hill which they had so lately ascended under so very different auspices, and whose summit had so nearly proved the scene of their massacre.
said he in a deep voice,--a voice which, had it come from the throat of an uncultivated man, would have been gruff, but, by dint of careful training, was now sufficiently agreeable,--"I was not aware that Miss Hepzibah Pyncheon had commenced business under such favorable auspices.
But not content with this good deed, the indefatigable house again bestirred itself: Samuel and all his Sons --how many, their mother only knows --and under their immediate auspices, and partly, I think, at their expense, the British government was induced to send the sloop-of-war Rattler on a whaling voyage of discovery into the South Sea.
Here was treasure- hunting under the happiest auspices -- there would not be any bothersome uncertainty as to where to dig.
After much deliberation, however, he consented to make a trial; and ever since that period, he has acted as a lecturing agent, under the auspices either of the American or the Massachusetts Anti-Slavery Society.
Elton for what was called an introductionof her going into public under the auspices of a friend of Mrs.
Who would be willing to stake his life and his estate upon the verdict of a jury acting under the auspices of judges who had predetermined his guilt?
Although they might not have been personally concerned in the administration, and therefore not immediately agents in the measures to be examined, they would probably have been involved in the parties connected with these measures, and have been elected under their auspices.
The voyage was being accomplished under the most favourable auspices.
These are mournful auspices to accompany a betrothal," sighed poor Renee.
Let, therefore, your illustrious house take up this charge with that courage and hope with which all just enterprises are undertaken, so that under its standard our native country may be ennobled, and under its auspices may be verified that saying of Petrarch:
But so many weddings have been ushered in with the merriest peal of the bells, and yet turned out unhappily, that I shall hope for better fortune under such different auspices.