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augur:

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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It dealt in moral and practical maxims, in information on technical subjects which are of service in daily life -- agriculture, astronomy, augury, and the calendar -- in matters of religion and in tracing the genealogies of men.
The magistrate observed me with a keen eye and of course drew an unfavourable augury from my manner.
The horses, which had continued passive and trembling amid the raging of the fire, received their burdens with a satisfaction so very evident, as to furnish a favourable augury of their future industry.
This conjunction of circumstances led to his immediately afterwards presenting himself before the young ladies in a posture, which in ancient times would not have been considered one of favourable augury for his suit; since the gondoliers of the young ladies, having been put to some inconvenience by the chase, so neatly brought their own boat in the gentlest collision with the bark of Mr Sparkler, as to tip that gentleman over like a larger species of ninepin, and cause him to exhibit the soles of his shoes to the object of his dearest wishes: while the nobler portions of his anatomy struggled at the bottom of his boat in the arms of one of his men.
Lahore -- Acting Ameer Jamaat e Islami Pakistan, Liquat Baloch on Thursday has welcomed the talks between the Afghan government and the Taliban as a happy augury, which will help establish peace in the region.
One hears a good deal of 12-tone music these days, which I hope is not an augury in this world of vicious division and conflict.
JAGUARS, TEXTUARY, LARCH, APRON, BAY, TUNE, DULY, AUGURY, SEPTENARY, OCTOPUS, REMEMBER, REMEMBER.
Signed by Steve Clarke last August - after making just two Premier League starts for Man City the season before - the protracted nature of Sinclair's recruitment was not a positive augury for the former Swansea man.
He said that with the election of new President another huge step had been taken towards smooth transfer of power in a democratic dispensation which was a good augury for democracy in the country.
Expressing confidence that the MoU would facilitate sharing of best practices, skills and experiences between the two institutions for mutual benefit, he stated that the partnership between two important democracies - India and Mauritius - is a very good augury not only for the region, but also for the whole world.
Speculation that this is the result of Mr Reddy's tough approach to a corporate group is not a good augury for the government.
Additional investors include Augury Capital and private investors.