To anticipate or foretell because from signs or omens to betoken to presage to infer
- To conjecture from signs or omens to prognosticate to foreshow
- An official diviner just who foretold events by the singing chattering flight and feeding of birds or by signs or omens produced from celestial phenomena certain appearances of quadrupeds or uncommon events
- indicate, just like a sign or an omen
- predict from an omen
- (old Rome) a spiritual authoritative just who interpreted omens to guide general public plan
- the official diviner which foretold activities because of the singing, chattering, journey, and feeding of birds, or by signs or omens derived from celestial phenomena, particular appearances of quadrupeds, or strange events.
- a person who foretells events by omens; a soothsayer; a diviner; a prophet.
- To conjecture from signs or omens; to prognosticate; to foreshow.
- To anticipate, to foretell, or to suggest a favorable or an undesirable concern; because, to augur well or sick.
- To anticipate or foretell, as from signs or omens; to betoken; to presage; to infer.
1540s, from Latin augur, a religious official in old Rome who foretold events by interpreting omens, possibly originally meaning "an increase in plants enacted in ritual," in which particular case it most likely is from Old Latin *augos (genitive *augeris) "increase," and is linked to augere "increase" (see augment). The greater amount of popular theory is its from Latin avis "bird," since the routes, singing, and feeding of wild birds, along with entrails from bird sacrifices, had been important objects of divination (compare auspicious). In that case, the 2nd factor would-be from garrire "to chat."
- c.1600, from augur (n.). Relevant: Augured; auguring.
(letter.) An official diviner which foretold activities by the performing, chattering, journey, and feeding of wild birds, or by indications or omens based on celestial phenomena, particular appearances of quadrupeds, or uncommon occurrences.
- (n.) Person who foretells activities by omens; a soothsayer; a diviner; a prophet.
- (v. i.) To conjecture from signs or omens; to prognosticate; to foreshow.
- (v. i.) To anticipate, to foretell, or even to suggest a good or an unfavorable concern; because, to augur well or ill.
- (v. t.) To anticipate or foretell, as from indications or omens; to betoken; to presage; to infer.
As closely connected with religious life, he was an augur and seer; practised magical arts, especially astrology; founded or rendered accessible many important cults, such as those of Apollo and Dionysus; instituted mystic rites, both public and private; prescribed initiatory and purificatory ritual.