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Auspice

[AHS-pəs]

Part of speech: noun

Origin: Latin, mid 16th century

1.

a divine or prophetic token

Examples of Auspice in a sentence

"The swallow sighting was a favorable auspice."

"Gregory was superstitious about all kinds of auspices and omens."

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About Auspice

Auspice developed in French, but finds its roots in Latin — specifically the Latin word “auspicium,” from “auspex” (observer of birds) and the combination of “avis” (bird) + “specere” (to look).

Did you Know?

Many different cultures see birds as an auspice, both positively and negatively. For example, birds appearing in a dream are often considered a sign of life, rebirth, and hope for the future. On the other hand, birds often disappear before natural disasters, leading many people to look to them and other animals for warnings to the future.

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