augury

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augur +‎ -y, or from Old French augurie, from Latin augurium.

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augury (plural auguries)

  1. A divination based on the appearance and behaviour of animals.
  2. (by extension) An omen or prediction; a foreboding; a prophecy.
    • Edgar Allan Poe
      In Wordsworth's first preludings there is but a dim foreboding of the creator of an era. From Southey's early poems, a safer augury might have been drawn.
  3. An event that is experienced as indicating important things to come.
    • 1928, Lawrence R. Bourne, chapter 2, Well Tackled![1]:
      Evidently he did not mean to be a mere figurehead, but to carry on the old tradition of Wilsthorpe's; and that was considered to be a good thing in itself and an augury for future prosperity.

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