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ˈɔ spɪs; ˈɔ spə sɪzaus·pice

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Princeton's WordNet

  1. auspicenoun

    a favorable omen


  1. auspicenoun

    Patronage or protection.

    This building was built under the auspices of the Friends of the Poor.

  2. auspicenoun

    An omen or a sign.

    The circle of vultures was not a good auspice.

  3. auspicenoun

    Divination from the actions of birds.

Webster Dictionary

  1. Auspiceadjective

    a divining or taking of omens by observing birds; an omen as to an undertaking, drawn from birds; an augury; an omen or sign in general; an indication as to the future

    Etymology: [L. auspicium, fr. auspex: cf. F. auspice. See Auspicate, a.]

  2. Auspiceadjective

    protection; patronage and care; guidance

    Etymology: [L. auspicium, fr. auspex: cf. F. auspice. See Auspicate, a.]


  1. Auspice

    An auspice is literally "one who looks at birds", a diviner who reads omens from the observed flight of birds. This type of omen reading was already a millennium old in the time of Classical Greece: in the fourteenth-century BCE diplomatic correspondence preserved in Egypt called the "Amarna correspondence", the practice was familiar to the king of Alasia in Cyprus who has need of an 'eagle diviner' to be sent from Egypt. This earlier, indigenous practice of divining by bird signs, familiar in the figure of Calchas, the bird-diviner to Agamemnon, who has led the army, was largely replaced by sacrifice-divination through inspection of the sacrificial victim's liver— haruspices— during the Orientalizing period of archaic Greek culture. Plato notes that hepatoscopy held greater prestige than augury by means of birds. In ancient Roman religion, the auspices provided divine signs to be interpreted by an augur. An augur would perform a ceremony and would read flight patterns of birds in the sky. Depending upon the birds, the auspices from the gods could be favorable or unfavorable. Sometimes bribed or politically motivated augures would fabricate unfavorable auspices in order to delay certain state functions, such as elections. Pliny the Younger attributes the invention of auspicy to Tiresias the seer of Thebes, the generic model of a seer in the Greco-Roman literary culture.

Chambers 20th Century Dictionary

  1. Auspice

    aw′spis, n. an omen drawn from observing birds: augury—generally used in pl. Au′spices, protection: patronage: a good start (generally in phrase, Under the auspices of).—v.t. Au′spicate, to foreshow: to initiate or inaugurate with hopes of good luck:—pr.p. au′spicāting; pa.p. au′spicāted.—adj. Auspi′cious, having good auspices or omens of success: favourable: fortunate: propitious.—adv. Auspi′ciously.—n. Auspi′ciousness. [Fr.—L. auspiciumauspex, auspicis, a bird-seer, from avis, a bird, specĕre, to observe.]

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  1. Chaldean Numerology

    The numerical value of auspice in Chaldean Numerology is: 9

  2. Pythagorean Numerology

    The numerical value of auspice in Pythagorean Numerology is: 2

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