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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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(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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While it is likely that the party will nevertheless announce Modi's elevation, the infighting augurs ill for its prospects in the next general elections.
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But the exploitation of gadgetry like mobile phones and MP3s augurs ill for this country," said Hamdy Abbas, a liberal researcher.
Can't say I blame them, but it augurs ill for the future.
Renwick feels that the recent hyper-consolidation of the struggling ski area industry, with established ownership groups going out of business and ever-larger corporate owners taking over, augurs ill for consumer safety.