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in ancient Rome, one of the oldest priestly bodies, which interpreted the will of the gods by means of auspices.

According to ancient Roman tradition, the augurs were established by Romulus. In 300 B.C. they consisted of nine men, five of whom were plebeians, and during Julius Caesar’s time the number of augurs rose to 16. Membership in the augurs was highly valued by Roman aristocrats because it provided opportunities to influence legislation. With the passage of time the augurs’ activity became a merely formal procedure, to the point that, according to Cicero, the augurs themselves could hardly keep from laughing while carrying out the procedure, since they themselves did not believe in it.


Roman officials who interpreted omens. [Rom. Hist.: Parrinder, 34]
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The emphasis on the history of thought also seemed to me very timely; and the number of important works promised for the Library in the very near future augur well for the continued fulfilment, in this and other ways, of the expectations of the original editor.
Both were highstrung, both were quick and irritable, and their continual clashes did not augur well for their future.
This gentleman, happening also to be the Plaintiff in the Tip case, referred Mr Plornish to his solicitor, and declined to treat with Mr Plornish, or even to endure his presence in the yard, unless he appeared there with a twenty-pound note: in which case only, the gentleman would augur from appearances that he meant business, and might be induced to talk to him.
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He jumped well, travelled well and, having stayed 12 furlongs on the level, he ought to get twoand-a-half miles or more at the jumping game, so it augurs well that he also had the speed to win over the minimum trip here.