Definition of aegis in English:

aegis

noun

  • 1in singular The protection, backing, or support of a particular person or organization.

    ‘the negotiations were conducted under the aegis of the UN’
    • ‘As a quasi-governmental organization, it enjoys protection under the aegis of HM Government.’
    • ‘Funds would be administered by a board under the aegis of the IMF.’
    • ‘The state's pursuit of energy providers continues, mainly under the aegis of the state Attorney General's Office.’
    • ‘We're seeing a joining of the virus, hacker and spam scenes under the aegis of organised crime.’
    • ‘He seems to suggest that the preservation of difference will have to be under the aegis of humanism.’
    • ‘The new commissioners will not be legally autonomous and will remain under the aegis of primary care trusts.’
    • ‘Whereas in 1997, 10 art shows were advertised under the aegis of the festival, all are now excluded.’
    • ‘The Government gave the green light to the commissioning of a national strategy to be undertaken under the aegis of the Department of Health.’
    • ‘The exhibition was being held under the aegis of the US Consulate-General and the Indian Institute of Architects.’
    • ‘Supporters of globalism are optimistic that under the aegis of a single government, the world will experience peace.’
    • ‘The woman, if she was currently not employable, was to be supported under the aegis of the family.’
    • ‘Shareholder resolutions fall under the aegis of the US Securities and Exchange Commission.’
    • ‘These facilities are hidden in various ways, frequently coming under the aegis of innocuous organizations.’
    • ‘It is under the aegis of this unit that co-ordination and funding of development programmes is carried out.’
    • ‘In other words, the apolitical world of globalisation can prosper only under the aegis of a political entity.’
    • ‘The exhumation was carried out under the aegis of the Department of Justice.’
    • ‘The plan was drawn up by the Council, established under the aegis of the Department of Agriculture.’
    • ‘The city rose from one man's vision, under the aegis of patient backing and supporters.’
    • ‘That piece of evidence is the document produced under the aegis of the UN Security Council.’
    • ‘The job-creation agency under the aegis of the department is owed a further £10,000.’
    patronage, sponsorship, backing, protection, shelter, umbrella, charge, keeping, care, supervision, guidance, guardianship, trusteeship, support, agency, safeguarding, defence, protectorship, championship, aid, assistance, guaranty
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  • 2(in classical art and mythology) an attribute of Zeus and Athene (or their Roman counterparts Jupiter and Minerva) usually represented as a goatskin shield.

    • ‘He bears the aegis, his bird is the eagle and his tree is the oak.’
    • ‘On the side of the man in the aegis, gold light swathed the area behind him on his side of the battle.’
    • ‘Here the goddess wears her high-crested helmet, and a himation replaces her aegis over the peplos.’
    • ‘That's why he let her use his insignia: the terrible shield, the aegis and his devastating weapon, the ray.’
    • ‘Athena wears her high-crested Attic helmet, a colorful and embroidered peplos, and her aegis.’

Origin

Early 17th century (denoting armour or a shield, especially that of a god): via Latin from Greek aigis ‘shield of Zeus’.

Pronunciation

aegis

/ˈiːdʒɪs/