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au·gu·ry

 (ô′gyə-rē)
n. pl. au·gu·ries
1. The art, ability, or practice of auguring; divination.
2. A sign of something coming; an omen: "The chartist buys when the auguries look favorable and sells on bad omens" (Burton G. Malkiel).

[Middle English augurie, from Old French, from Latin augurium, from augur, augur; see augur.]

augury

(ˈɔːɡjʊrɪ)
n, pl -ries
1. the art of or a rite conducted by an augur
2. a sign or portent; omen

au•gu•ry

(ˈɔ gyə ri)

n., pl. -ries.
1. the art or practice of divination from omens or signs.
2. an omen, token, or indication.
[1325–75; Middle English < Latin augurium=augur augur + -ium -ium1]
au′gu•ral, adj.

augury

1. the art of f oretelling the future by means of signs, originally by the flight of birds; divination.
2. an omen or portent from which the future is foretold. — augur, n.augurial, adj.augurous, adj.
See also: Divination
1. the art of foretelling the future by means of signs; divination.
2. an omen or portent from which the future is foretold. — augur, n.augurial, adj. — augurous. Obsolete, adj.
See also: Future

augury

Divination based mainly on the appearance and behavior of animals. Haruspicy is sometimes considered part of augury.
ThesaurusAntonymsRelated WordsSynonymsLegend:
Noun1.augury - an event that is experienced as indicating important things to come; "he hoped it was an augury"; "it was a sign from God"
experience - an event as apprehended; "a surprising experience"; "that painful experience certainly got our attention"
war cloud - an ominous sign that war threatens
omen, portent, prognostic, prognostication, presage, prodigy - a sign of something about to happen; "he looked for an omen before going into battle"

augury

noun
A phenomenon that serves as a sign or warning of some future good or evil:
Idiom: writing on the wall.
Translations

augury

[ˈɔːgjʊrɪ] Naugurio m, presagio m
to take the auguries (archaic) → consultar los augurios

augury

[ˈɔːgjʊri] n (literary) (= omen) auguries of death → funestes augures mpl

augury

n (= sign)Anzeichen nt, → Omen nt
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And yet the riddle was not to be solved By guess-work but required the prophet's art; Wherein thou wast found lacking; neither birds Nor sign from heaven helped thee, but I came, The simple Oedipus; I stopped her mouth By mother wit, untaught of auguries. This is the man whom thou wouldst undermine, In hope to reign with Creon in my stead.
The chiefs prepared their medicines or charms each according to his own method, or fancied inspiration, generally with the compound of certain simples; others consulted the entrails of animals which they had sacrificed, and thence drew favorable auguries. After much grave smoking and deliberating it was at length proclaimed that all who were able to lift a club, man, woman, or child, should muster for "the surround." When all had congregated, they moved in rude procession to the nearest point of the valley in question, and there halted.
'Well,' said the undertaker's wife, when Oliver had finished his supper: which she had regarded in silent horror, and with fearful auguries of his future appetite: 'have you done?'
But we have no fair ground for entertaining unfavourable auguries concerning Arthur Donnithorne, who this morning proves himself capable of a prudent resolution founded on conscience.
If the auguries of the prophesying heart shall make themselves good in time, the man who shall be born, whose advent men and events prepare and foreshow, is one who shall enjoy his connection with a higher life, with the man within man; shall destroy distrust by his trust, shall use his native but forgotten methods, shall not take counsel of flesh and blood, but shall rely on the Law alive and beautiful which works over our heads and under our feet.
Our auguries gazing into the future are warning that the proscription would drive the martyrdom-seeking Shiites underground to continue their agitation for the release of their leaders in the shadows.
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