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1‘their recent successes augur well for the future’
portend, 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, denote
foretell, forecast, predict, prophesy, prognosticate, divine, foresee
literary betoken, foretoken, forebode, harbinger
archaic foreshow, previse
Scottish archaic spae
rare vaticinate, auspicate
1‘the augur's skill consisted in reading the omens correctly’
seer, soothsayer, fortune teller, crystal gazer, clairvoyant, psychic, visionary, prognosticator, diviner, prophesier, prophet, prophetess, oracle, sibyl, sage, wise man, wise woman
Scottish spaewife, spaeman
rare oracler, vaticinator, haruspex
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