Auspicate meaning

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To begin or inaugurate with a ceremony intended to bring good luck.
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To give a favorable turn to in commencing; to inaugurate; -- a sense derived from the Roman practice of taking the auspicium, or inspection of birds, before undertaking any important business.
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Origin of auspicate

  • Latin auspicārī auspicāt- from auspex auspic- bird augur auspice

    From American Heritage Dictionary of the English Language, 5th Edition

  • From Latin auspicatus, past participle of auspicari "to take auspices", from auspex "bird seer", "augur", a contraction of avispex; avis "bird" + specere, spicere, "to view".

    From Wiktionary