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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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