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see omenomen,
sign or augury believed to foreshadow the future. Almost any occurrence can be interpreted as an omen. The typical omen was a natural phenomenon, such as a meteor, an eclipse, or the flight of birds.
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augur

(in ancient Rome) a religious official who observed and interpreted omens and signs to help guide the making of public decisions
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And this will augur ill for the region in general and Iraq in particular.
The dispute was even emphasized when the Iraqi parliament passed the provincial councils elections law on July 22, 2008, as many have expressed fears the differences could switch to the street and augur ill for yet another crisis in an already war-torn Iraq.
The imam, during the Friday prayers at al-Kufa mosque in the holy Shiite city of Najaf, demanded "wisdom on the issue of Kirkuk, as related problems augur ill for possible explosive situation at any minute.