Definition of


  1. (noun, person) (ancient Rome) a religious official who interpreted omens to guide public policy
  2. (verb, communication) indicate by signs
  3. (verb, communication) predict from an omen

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Origin of the word Augur

  1. 1540s, from L. augur, a religious official in ancient Rome who foretold events by interpreting omens, perhaps originally meaning "an increase in crops enacted in ritual," in which case it probably is from Old L. *augos (gen. *augeris) "increase," and is related to augere "increase" (see augment). The more popular theory is that it is from L. avis<… more

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