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If the augury was propitious the work was entered upon with vigor and confidence.

I hoped the augury was a true one, but there were times when I doubted.

I was always superstitious, and this augury, just at that moment, affected me.

This was the augury the priestess drew, and wondered greatly at the sign.

If the scales were evenly balanced the augury would be good.

The words had come to her as the interpretation of an augury, the fulfilment of a promise.

Augury had promised it to him; my mother knew this, and shared his ambition.

They knew not that it was an augury of the fateful tragedy at the gates of Spain.

This visit of the kind Samoset was an augury of good to the colony.

Kitty observed it instantly, and she drew an augury of evil from it.

WORD ORIGIN

late 14c., "divination from the flight of birds," from Old French augure "divination, soothsaying, sorcery, enchantment," or directly from Latin augurium "divination, the observation and interpretation of omens" (see augur). Figurative sense of "omen, portent, indication" is from 1797 (also often in plural as auguries).

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