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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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There's 19th-century moralist Henry Alford, for whom English's "bespanglement" with French words and faddish Americanisms augured ill. There's Australian-born pianist Percy Grainger, whose nostalgia for Britain's Anglo-Saxon past led him to abjure "enjoyed" for "joy-quaffed" and "telephone" for "thor-juice-talker." There's Thomas Bowdler, who excised Shakespeare's plays of lewd innuendo and published the cauterized versions in a family-friendly folio (hence, the verb "to bowdlerize").
Lalan's refusal to budge from his stand augured ill for the party as the assembly polls are only 10 months away, they said.
The summit's inability to reach more meaningful agreement reflected the profound difficulties in bridging the gaps between the two worlds that came together here, and augured ill for the future.