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AU'GUR, n. [L. augur. The first syllable is from avis, a fowl; but the meaning and origin of the last syllable are not obvious.]

1. Among the Romans, an officer whose duty was to foretell future events by the singing, chattering, flight and feeding of birds. There was a college or community of augers, originally three in number, and afterwards nine, four patricians, and five plebeians. They bore a staff or wand, and were held in great respect.

2. One who pretends to foretell future events by omens.

We all know that augur cannot look at augur without laughing.

AU'GUR, v.i. To guess; to conjecture by signs or omens; to prognosticate.

AU'GUR, v.t. To predict or foretell; as, to augur ill success.




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AU'GUR, n. [L. augur. The first syllable is from avis, a fowl; but the meaning and origin of the last syllable are not obvious.]

1. Among the Romans, an officer whose duty was to foretell future events by the singing, chattering, flight and feeding of birds. There was a college or community of augers, originally three in number, and afterwards nine, four patricians, and five plebeians. They bore a staff or wand, and were held in great respect.

2. One who pretends to foretell future events by omens.

We all know that augur cannot look at augur without laughing.

AU'GUR, v.i. To guess; to conjecture by signs or omens; to prognosticate.

AU'GUR, v.t. To predict or foretell; as, to augur ill success.


AU'GUR, n. [L. augur. The first syllable is from avis, a fowl; but the meaning and origin of the last syllable are not obvious.]

  1. Among the Romans, an officer whose duty was to foretell future events by the singing, chattering, flight and feeding of birds. There was a college or community of augurs, originally three in number, and afterwards nine, four patricians and five plebeians. They bore a staff or wand, and were held in great respect. – Encyc.
  2. One who pretends to foretell future events by omens. We all know that augur cannot look at augur without laughing. – Buckminster.

AU'GUR, v.i.

To guess; to conjecture by signs or omens; to prognosticate.


AU'GUR, v.t.

To predict or foretell; as, to augur ill success.


Au"gur
  1. An official diviner who foretold events by the singing, chattering, flight, and feeding of birds, or by signs or omens derived from celestial phenomena, certain appearances of quadrupeds, or unusual occurrences.
  2. To conjecture from signs or omens] to prognosticate; to foreshow.

    My auguring mind assures the same success.
    Dryden.

  3. To predict or foretell, as from signs or omens; to betoken; to presage; to infer.

    It seems to augur genius.
    Sir W. Scott.

    I augur everything from the approbation the proposal has met with.
    J. F. W. Herschel.

    Syn. -- To predict; forebode; betoken; portend; presage; prognosticate; prophesy; forewarn.

  4. One who foretells events by omens; a soothsayer; a diviner; a prophet.

    Augur of ill, whose tongue was never found
    Without a priestly curse or boding sound.
    Dryden.

  5. To anticipate, to foretell, or to indicate a favorable or an unfavorable issue; as, to augur well or ill.
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Augur

AU'GUR, noun [Latin augur The first syllable is from avis, a fowl; but the meaning and origin of the last syllable are not obvious.]

1. Among the Romans, an officer whose duty was to foretell future events by the singing, chattering, flight and feeding of birds. There was a college or community of augers, originally three in number, and afterwards nine, four patricians, and five plebeians. They bore a staff or wand, and were held in great respect.

2. One who pretends to foretell future events by omens.

We all know that augur cannot look at augur without laughing.

AU'GUR, verb intransitive To guess; to conjecture by signs or omens; to prognosticate.

AU'GUR, verb transitive To predict or foretell; as, to augur ill success.

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