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1 (of an event or circumstance) portend a good or bad outcome.‘the end of the Cold War seemed to augur well’‘the return to the gold standard augured badly for industry’
bodeportend, herald, be a sign of, be an indication of, be a warning of, warn of, forewarn of, be an omen of, be a harbinger of, foreshadow, presage, indicate, signify, signal, point to, promise, threaten, spell, denoteforetell, forecast, predict, prophesy, prognosticate, divine, foreseebetoken, foretoken, forebode, harbingerforeshow, previsespaevaticinate, auspicateView synonyms
- ‘All augurs well for great racing at Killarney in the years ahead.’
- ‘Unfortunately, announcements made in the past few weeks do not augur well for the future.’
- ‘This is a remarkable and welcome achievement that augurs well for the industry.’
- ‘This augurs well for the future of its political landscape.’
- ‘This augurs well for a party seeking to be elected into government.’
- ‘This year it was the young players who formed the backbone of the team, which is great to see and augurs well for the future of golf in Swinford.’
- ‘He said that both sides' willingness to talk augured well for a peaceful outcome.’
- ‘This augurs well for strengthening domestic demand next year.’
- ‘This talented side have a remarkable success rate this season which augurs well for football in the club over the coming years.’
- ‘The victory augurs well for the upcoming championship in August.’
- ‘But the fact that there are young men and women in India prepared to dedicate their creative energies to this sort of publishing augurs well.’
- ‘This also augurs well for the future of education in Radcliffe as a whole.’
- ‘Those events certainly did not augur well for the success of the project.’
- ‘This is just the second camp organised by this club and a turnout of 120 young children certainly augurs well for its continued success.’
- ‘This augurs well for our continuing expansion in the future.’
- ‘Indeed, to have an operation begin with a helicopter crash does not augur well for its outcome.’
- ‘This was a fine performance by the Chamber of Commerce president and certainly augurs well for her future political prospects.’
- ‘The precedent it set does not augur well for future similar elections.’
- ‘Initial feedback from participants was very positive and augurs well for the future of a great event.’
- ‘This augurs well for dialogue and understanding.’
- 1.1[with object]Portend or bode (a specified outcome)‘a new coalition would not augur a new period of social reforms’
- ‘It augurs a far more democratic vision than a culture of achievement that recognizes only talent.’
- ‘Hope has been replaced by magical thinking that augurs a second and more terrible level of social disruption and anger not far down the road.’
- ‘It seemed to augur a new phase in American foreign policy.’
- ‘Perhaps it augurs a return to the epicene male fashion of Genji's time.’
- ‘It is hoped that this development will augur a new era of cooperation between the AAA and the Academy of Accounting Historians.’
- ‘I tried to recall what it was about his demeanor or statements that augured this rejection, but could not find any clues.’
- ‘Beyond giving vent to frustrations at a relationship gone seriously awry, such rhetoric augurs a troubled future.’
- ‘The move augurs disaster for pastoralism in the sub-continent, it is a mode of violence against the lives and livelihoods of several thousand rural households.’
- ‘I would like to leap to the defence of Quinn, a man as yet untested in football management but exhibiting qualities that augur a bright future.’
- ‘This could augur another miserable month for the UK's biggest airport.’
- ‘Lee does not reckon that much concrete will emerge from the summit but, she adds, ‘I am certain it will augur a new mood in North Korea.’’
- ‘Not that I have ever felt 100 percent competent in the writing business, where one day's success augurs nothing at all for the next.’
- ‘That relation of basic inequality augurs less well for the development of peaceful relations even if both parties have democratic governments.’
- ‘In contrast to the coalition of 1969, a new coalition would not augur a new period of social reforms.’
- ‘The Violin Concerto starts off, for instance, with dissonant sustained chords auguring a foray into some atonal world of austerity and gray shadings.’
- ‘The process, itself, was cumbersome and did not augur success.’
- ‘This augured a fundamentally contemptuous attitude toward the principles that had previously sustained US legitimacy.’
- ‘With that in mind, Franks' presence seems to augur a shift in US policy.’
- ‘The quality of the athletes, always impressive, seemed to take a quantum leap forward, a happy augur for the future of the sport in this Eastern European nation.’
- ‘Although a crisp breeze had hung in the air when Caleb and his uncle had arrived at Cedar Grove, an azure sky had augured a morning of pleasant weather.’
- 1.2archaic [with object]Foresee or predict.
- ‘Of course, they augured stuff by poking around in crow guts too, so that's how much they knew.’
(in ancient Rome) a religious official who observed natural signs, especially the behavior of birds, interpreting these as an indication of divine approval or disapproval of a proposed action.
seer, soothsayer, fortune teller, crystal gazer, clairvoyant, psychic, visionary, prognosticator, diviner, prophesier, prophet, prophetess, oracle, sibyl, sage, wise man, wise womanspaewife, spaemanoracler, vaticinator, haruspexView synonyms
- ‘Appropriately, with his head veiled he had the omens taken on the Capitoline Hill, accompanied by augurs and priests, and received the requested signs.’
- ‘People called augurs could also be found in the temples.’
- ‘The elimination of these Christians, the augur would claim, could restore his divining powers and help the emperor.’
- ‘An augur in Latin was someone who could see into the future.’
- ‘In the case of the augurs or haruspices of Rome, the animal was sacrificed to permit contemplation of the entrails for prophetic purposes.’
Late Middle English (as a noun): from Latin, diviner.
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