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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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A parliamentary officer, clothed in black and with a gravity that augured ill, entered, bowed to the king, and unfolding a parchment, read the sentence, as is usually done to criminals before their execution.
The fact that he had come augured well for what he might accomplish; but when Tarzan tried to get Sheeta to gnaw his bonds asunder the great animal could not seem to understand what was expected of him, and, instead, but licked the wrists and arms of the prisoner.
Glegg had always augured ill of Maggie's future at a time when other people were perhaps less clear-sighted, yet fair play was a jewel, and it was not for her own friends to help to rob the girl of her fair fame, and to cast her out from family shelter to the scorn of the outer world, until she had become unequivocally a family disgrace.
Mr Swiveller complied, and looking about him with a propritiatory smile, observed that last week was a fine week for the ducks, and this week was a fine week for the dust; he also observed that whilst standing by the post at the street-corner, he had observed a pig with a straw in his mouth issuing out of the tobacco-shop, from which appearance he augured that another fine week for the ducks was approaching, and that rain would certainly ensue.
Amongst any other population, or at a later period in the history of New England, the grim rigidity that petrified the bearded physiognomies of these good people would have augured some awful business in hand.
Few augured the possibility that the encounter could terminate well for the Disinherited Knight, yet his courage and gallantry secured the general good wishes of the spectators.
Julia was amused with his condescension, which she thought augured perfect good-nature and affability.
The morrow brought a very sober-looking morning, the sun making only a few efforts to appear, and Catherine augured from it everything most favourable to her wishes.
The decision by Interior CS Fred Matiang'i to order the deportation of Chinese nationals doing business at Gikomba market does not augur well for a global economy.
The support of the Orange Army will definitely augur well for Hyderabad and the kind of form the openers have shown -- Jonny Bairstow and David Warner -- means that the Mumbai bowlers will have their task cut out.
THE news that the Chief Justice of Pakistan, Mian Saqib Nisar, will retire from office on Jan 17, 2019 does not augur well.
FBI started to investigate into the matter after it was informed about cryptocurrency theft from a company called Augur. Augur is a decentralized oracle and peer-to-peer protocol for prediction markets where people can bet virtual currency on different outcomes for situations, like sporting events.