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EXAMPLES FROM THE WEB FOR AUGURED

We dined together, and augured well of the skill of the new cook.

Charles believed them, and broke into a fury that augured badly for his guest.

By his manner I augured that my reign had passed, and that I must quit my post.

His answer was a dubious movement of the head which augured ill.

The success which all this augured to the Abbé Blampoix had not failed him.

We might have augured trouble from this—we might have feared losing our way.

She heard me without interruption, and I augured well from this silence.

I augured the worst, because there was no cry; no shots were fired.

We started for the ranch next day; Brown augured me most all the way.

I stood up pale and trembling, for I augured no good from this commencement.

WORD ORIGIN

1540s, from Latin augur, a religious official in ancient Rome who foretold events by interpreting omens, perhaps originally meaning "an increase in crops enacted in ritual," in which case it probably is from Old Latin *augos (genitive *augeris) "increase," and is related to augere "increase" (see augment). The more popular theory is that it is from Latin avis "bird," because the flights, singing, and feeding of birds, along with entrails from bird sacrifices, were important objects of divination (cf. auspicious). In that case, the second element would be from garrire "to talk."

Roget's 21st Century Thesaurus, Third Edition Copyright © 2013 by the Philip Lief Group.