Auspice meaning

ôspĭs
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The definition of an auspice is a show of support or advocacy.

An example of an auspice is the support of the Democratic National Committee for the Democratic presidential candidate.

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(chiefly in the plural) Patronage or protection.

This building was built under the auspices of the Friends of the Poor.

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Auspice is defined as an omen or prophecy.

An example of an auspice is birds flying in certain patterns.

An example of someone who make an auspice is a prophet.

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Protection or support; patronage.
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An omen or a sign.

The circle of vultures was not a good auspice.

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A sign indicative of future prospects; an omen.

Auspices for the venture seemed favorable.

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Observation of and divination from the actions of birds.
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A watching for omens in the flight of birds; divination.
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An omen, esp. a favorable one.
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Approval and support; guiding sponsorship; patronage.

A plan under government auspices.

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Origin of auspice

  • Latin auspicium bird divination, auspices from auspex auspic- bird augur awi- in Indo-European roots

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

  • From Middle French auspice, from Latin auspicium, in turn from auspex

    From Wiktionary