- The definition of an augur is a clairvoyant, priest or collection of priests whose job it was to interpret what the gods wanted.
- An example of an augur is a fortune-teller.
- An example of an augur is Marcus Aurelius.
- in ancient Rome, any of a body of officials who interpreted omens as being favorable or unfavorable in connection with an undertaking
- a fortuneteller; prophet; soothsayer
Origin of augurClassical Latin origin, originally , a priest at rituals of fertility and increase, probably ; from Old Latin an unverified form augos (gen. an unverified form augeris), increase, growth ; from augere (see wax); meaning influenced, influence by auspex, auspex
- to foretell or prophesy from omens
- to be an omen (of); presage: cloudy skies augur rain
Origin of augurL augurari < the n.
augur ill (or well)
- One of a group of ancient Roman religious officials who foretold events by observing and interpreting signs and omens.
- A seer or prophet; a soothsayer.
verbau·gured, au·gur·ing, au·gurs
- To predict, especially from signs or omens; foretell. See Synonyms at foretell.
- To serve as an omen of; betoken: trends that augur change in society.
- To make predictions from signs or omens.
- To be a sign or omen: A smooth dress rehearsal augured well for the play.
Origin of augurMiddle English, from Latin; see aug- in Indo-European roots.
(third-person singular simple present augurs, present participle auguring, simple past and past participle augured)
- To foretell events; to exhibit signs of future events.
- To anticipate, to foretell, or to indicate a favorable or an unfavorable issue.
- to augur well or ill
From Latin augur, of uncertain origin; akin to augurō (“interpret omens”).