Definition of augury in English:



  • 1A sign of what will happen in the future; an omen.

    ‘they heard the sound as an augury of death’
    • ‘Meteorologists have responded by transforming daily weather prediction from an augury into a reliable source of important information - a splendid achievement that nearly everyone takes for granted.’
    • ‘In a general sense it is an unfortunate omen which is sometimes taken as an augury of death.’
    • ‘Amid the carnage and death, that unity is one augury of hope.’
    • ‘But the auguries for the future are more ambiguous.’
    • ‘So the auguries are mixed for the latest exercise in consultation politics.’
    • ‘Doran is due to reveal his creative vision next month but the auguries are unencouraging.’
    • ‘For one thing, political and economic auguries, specific market conditions, and likely future trends need all to be taken into account.’
    • ‘Short of slaughtering a wild animal and rummaging about in its entrails, every sign, portent and augury had been examined beforehand.’
    • ‘They are also auguries of the future: what was won for women and for racial and ethnic minorities will surely be won, in the lifetimes of some of us, for gay and lesbian couples.’
    • ‘There is little demand for astrologers, because their auguries have no practical value.’
    • ‘On the face of it, the auguries are not encouraging.’
    • ‘The auguries, in America at least, are not good.’
    • ‘It is hard to read the auguries, so complex is this interplay of deception, self-deception, bluster and bluff.’
    • ‘These are not convincing auguries of a great film.’
    omen, sign, indication, presage, warning, forewarning, harbinger, signal, promise, threat, menace, ill omen, forecast, prediction, prognostication, prophecy, straw in the wind, writing on the wall, hint, auspice
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    1. 1.1mass noun The interpretation of omens.
      • ‘And by the way, Ganesha is an icon of good augury in almost all Asian countries.’
      • ‘She was thrice widowed, and she claimed to possess the gift of augury.’
      • ‘As Hamlet remarked, ‘We defy augury… The readiness is all’.’
      • ‘A brace of dead geese, embodying the classical Roman method of augury, act as an image of mortality.’
      fortune telling, divining, foretelling the future, forecasting the future, prophecy, prediction, soothsaying
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Late Middle English (in the sense ‘divination’): from Old French augurie or Latin augurium ‘interpretation of omens’, from augur (see augur).