Definition of aegis in English:



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

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

    • ‘That's why he let her use his insignia: the terrible shield, the aegis and his devastating weapon, the ray.’
    • ‘He bears the aegis, his bird is the eagle and his tree is the oak.’
    • ‘Athena wears her high-crested Attic helmet, a colorful and embroidered peplos, and her aegis.’
    • ‘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.’


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