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Dictionary Definition

auspicate

Verb

1 indicate by signs; "These signs bode bad news" [syn: bode, portend, prognosticate, omen, presage, betoken, foreshadow, augur, foretell, prefigure, forecast, predict]
2 commence in a manner calculated to bring good luck; "They auspicated the trip with a bottle of champagne"

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English

Etymology

From auspicatus, past participle of auspicari "to take auspices", from auspex "bird seer", "augur", a contraction of avispex; avis "bird" + specere, spicere, "to view".

Verb

  1. To foreshow; to foretoken.
  2. To give a favorable turn to in commencing; to inaugurate; -- a sense derived from the Roman practice of taking the auspicium, or inspection of birds, before undertaking any important business.

Adjective

auspicate

References

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Italian

Verb

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