augur

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English[edit]

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Etymology[edit]

From Latin augur, of uncertain origin; akin to augurō ‎(interpret omens).

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augur ‎(plural augurs)

  1. A diviner who foretells events by the behaviour of birds or other animals, or by signs derived from celestial phenomena, or unusual occurrences.
    • Dryden
      Augur of ill, whose tongue was never found / Without a priestly curse or boding sound.
  2. (Ancient Rome) An official who interpreted omens before the start of public events.

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augur ‎(third-person singular simple present augurs, present participle auguring, simple past and past participle augured)

  1. To foretell events; to exhibit signs of future events.
  2. To anticipate, to foretell, or to indicate a favorable or an unfavorable issue.
    to augur well or ill

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Latin[edit]

Etymology[edit]

Of uncertain origin. Two possibilities are:

  • From Old Latin *augus ‎(increase) (genitive *augeris), which is related to augeō ‎(to increase).[1]
  • From avis ‎(bird) + garrire ‎(to talk), as augurs were known to observe the behavior of birds.[2]

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augur m, f ‎(genitive auguris); third declension

  1. augur

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Third declension.

Number Singular Plural
nominative augur augurēs
genitive auguris augurum
dative augurī auguribus
accusative augurem augurēs
ablative augure auguribus
vocative augur augurēs

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References[edit]

  • augur” in Charlton T. Lewis & Charles Short, A Latin Dictionary, Oxford: Clarendon Press, 1879.
  • augur in The Century Dictionary, The Century Co., New York, 1911
  1. ^ Lewis, Charlton T., Elementary Latin Dictionary, Oxford, 1890.
  2. ^ Simpson, D.P., Cassell's New Latin Dictionary, Funk & Wagnall's, 1959.

Romanian[edit]

Etymology[edit]

Borrowed from French augure, Latin augur, augurium.

Noun[edit]

augur m (plural auguri)

  1. augur, auspex
  2. augury, omen

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