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Once again (I speak now from the vantage point of hindsight) Nathan was dealing in small auguries of the world to come.
William Styron  --  Sophie’s Choice
  an event that is experienced as indicating important things to come
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augury auguries
The verb "auger" (to indicate or foretell) is more often encountered than the noun, "augury", but the latter is more commonly seen in SAT vocabulary review lists.
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  • Once again (I speak now from the vantage point of hindsight) Nathan was dealing in small auguries of the world to come.
    William Styron  --  Sophie’s Choice
  • The magistrate observed me with a keen eye and of course drew an unfavourable augury from my manner.
    Mary Shelley  --  Frankenstein
  • He was not bound, nor had they made any attempt to handcuff him; this seemed a good augury.
    Alexandre Dumas  --  The Count of Monte Cristo
  • Then a cry of vengeance burst at once, as it might be, from the united lips of the nation; a frightful augury of their ruthless intentions.
    James Fenimore Cooper  --  The Last of the Mohicans

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  • Not a whit, we defy augury: there’s a special providence in the fall of a sparrow.
    William Shakespeare  --  Hamlet, Prince of Denmark
  • We must consult the auguries before we decide what to do with him.
    Rick Riordan  --  The Son of Neptune
  • They built the city over those dead hones, and for her, who first had chosen the place, they called it Mantua, without other augury.
    Dante Alighieri  --  Dante’s Inferno
  • ’Well,’ said the undertaker’s wife, when Oliver had finished his supper: which she had regarded in silent horror, and with fearful auguries of his future appetite: ’have you done?’
    Charles Dickens  --  Oliver Twist
  • Here I watched the birds for augury.
    James Joyce  --  Ulysses
  • Yet landbirds flying from starboard crossed his bow- a lucky augury.
    Homer  --  The Odyssey

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  • The tribute paid by the President and his Cabinet to your work was none too high, and forms a most encouraging augury, I think, for the future prosperity of your institution.
    Booker T. Washington  --  Up From Slavery: An Autobiography
  • Each of these affirmations from these three men, evidently sincere and in good faith, had raised in the audience a murmur of bad augury for the prisoner,—a murmur which increased and lasted longer each time that a fresh declaration was added to the proceeding.
    Victor Hugo  --  Les Miserables
  • And ’augury’ doesn’t begin O — R — G either.
    J.K. Rowling  --  Harry Potter and the Half-Blood Prince
  • For an augury of good or evil?
    James Joyce  --  A Portrait of the Artist as a Young Man
  • Sitting upon my throne of augury, As is my wont, where every fowl of heaven Find harborage, upon mine ears was borne A jargon strange of twitterings, hoots, and screams; So knew I that each bird at the other tare With bloody talons, for the whirr of wings Could signify naught else.
    Sophocles  --  Antigone
  • Therefore begrudging neither augury Nor other divination that is thine, O save thyself, thy country, and thy king, Save all from this defilement of blood shed.
    Sophocles  --  Oedipus the King
  • Then, also, the augury of ill-success, uttered from the sure wisdom of experience, fell upon her half-dead hope like a clod into a grave.
    Nathaniel Hawthorne  --  The House of the Seven Gables
  • In turn I recalled each one I had seen, and tried to draw some augury of assistance from my memory.
    H.G. Wells  --  The Island of Dr. Moreau
  • And so the conclusion and augury which I draw, even though no philosopher, is this.
    William Faulkner  --  Absalom, Absalom!
  • This smile appeared to d’Artagnan to be of bad augury.
    Alexandre Dumas  --  The Three Musketeers
  • …impossible to let himself down or effect an entrance except by sheer force or cleaving a passage; so drawing his sword he began to demolish and cut away the brambles at the mouth of the cave, at the noise of which a vast multitude of crows and choughs flew out of it so thick and so fast that they knocked Don Quixote down; and if he had been as much of a believer in augury as he was a Catholic Christian he would have taken it as a bad omen and declined to bury himself in such a place.
    Miguel de Cervantes  --  Don Quixote
  • It is, I fear, nothing more than a part of his general inaccuracy and indisposition to thoroughness of all kinds, which would be a bad augury for him in any profession, civil or sacred, even were he so far submissive to ordinary rule as to choose one.
    George Eliot  --  Middlemarch
  • The Foretopman’s conduct, too, so far as it had fallen under the Captain’s notice, had confirmed the first happy augury, while the new recruit’s qualities as a sailor-man seemed to be such that he had thought of recommending him to the executive officer for promotion to a place that would more frequently bring him under his own observation, namely, the captaincy of the mizzentop, replacing there in the starboard watch a man not so young whom partly for that reason he deemed less fitted…
    Herman Melville  --  Billy Budd
  • They despise and laugh at auguries, and the other vain and superstitious ways of divination, so much observed among other nations; but have great reverence for such miracles as cannot flow from any of the powers of nature, and look on them as effects and indications of the presence of the Supreme Being, of which they say many instances have occurred among them; and that sometimes their public prayers, which upon great and dangerous occasions they have solemnly put up to God, with…
    Thomas More  --  Utopia
  • But the augury was without warrant.
    Zane Grey  --  The Man of the Forest
  • She listened, finding in the sweet treble notes an augury for her future.
    Zane Grey  --  The Thundering Herd
  • Do you consult them for your auguries?
    Rick Riordan  --  The Mark of Athena
  • They are an augury to a terrible end because this carnal pleasure will doom Mary, though she does not know it as yet, but he, watching the scene, does.
    Abraham Verghese  --  Cutting for Stone
  • Then presently it was a good augury of Stewart’s progress that the cowboys once more took up the teasing relation which had been characteristic of them before his illness.
    Zane Grey  --  The Light of Western Stars
  • But we have no fair ground for entertaining unfavourable auguries concerning Arthur Donnithorne, who this morning proves himself capable of a prudent resolution founded on conscience.
    George Eliot  --  Adam Bede
  • Let not my pray’rs a doubtful answer find; But in clear auguries unveil thy mind.’
    Virgil  --  The Aeneid
  • The horses, which had continued passive and trembling amid the raging of the fire, received their burdens with a satisfaction so very evident, as to furnish a favourable augury of their future industry.
    James Fenimore Cooper  --  The Prairie
  • It might have been some object of my own past, some augury in reverse, stately rustic and high-ceilinged and mothballed in the unused rooms, with thick scratchy blankets on the guest beds, bearing college emblems—the promise of things I’d never had but somehow seemed to know, collectively, at the edge of memory.
    Don DeLillo  --  Underworld
  • This conjunction of circumstances led to his immediately afterwards presenting himself before the young ladies in a posture, which in ancient times would not have been considered one of favourable augury for his suit; since the gondoliers of the young ladies, having been put to some inconvenience by the chase, so neatly brought their own boat in the gentlest collision with the bark of Mr Sparkler, as to tip that gentleman over like a larger species of ninepin, and cause him to exhibit…
    Charles Dickens  --  Little Dorrit
  • ] Sebastian, I have entertained thee Partly that I have need of such a youth That can with some discretion do my business, For ’tis no trusting to yond foolish lout; But chiefly for thy face and thy behaviour, Which, if my augury deceive me not, Witness good bringing up, fortune, and truth: Therefore, know thou, for this I entertain thee.
    William Shakespeare  --  The Two Gentlemen of Verona
  • …Sometimes in the Prediction of Witches, that pretended conference with the dead; which is called Necromancy, Conjuring, and Witchcraft; and is but juggling and confederate knavery: Sometimes in the Casuall flight, or feeding of birds; called Augury: Sometimes in the Entrayles of a sacrificed beast; which was Aruspicina: Sometimes in Dreams: Sometimes in Croaking of Ravens, or chattering of Birds: Sometimes in the Lineaments of the face; which was called Metoposcopy; or by Palmistry in…
    Thomas Hobbes  --  Leviathan
  • "Good luck with the augury, Percy Jackson," she said.
    Rick Riordan  --  The Son of Neptune
  • Dire auguries from hence the Trojans draw; Till neither fires nor shining shores they saw.
    Virgil  --  The Aeneid
  • Before we accept anyone into camp, we must interrogate them and read the auguries.
    Rick Riordan  --  The Son of Neptune
  • Octavian reads auguries there—the Temple of Jupiter Optimus Maximus.
    Rick Riordan  --  The Son of Neptune
  • Just read the augury for Percy.
    Rick Riordan  --  The Son of Neptune
  • It was a good augury.
    Alexandre Dumas  --  The Count of Monte Cristo
  • Now take this earnest of success, for more: Your scatter’d fleet is join’d upon the shore; The winds are chang’d, your friends from danger free; Or I renounce my skill in augury.
    Virgil  --  The Aeneid
  • I saw it in the auguries.
    Rick Riordan  --  The Son of Neptune
  • What do the auguries say?
    Rick Riordan  --  The Son of Neptune
  • The auguries are favorable.
    Rick Riordan  --  The Son of Neptune
  • The augury?
    Rick Riordan  --  The Son of Neptune
  • This augury of fabulous news was so itchingly teasing that I simply could not believe that I would be denied participating in the announcement when it came.
    William Styron  --  Sophie’s Choice
  • And yet the riddle was not to be solved By guess-work but required the prophet’s art; Wherein thou wast found lacking; neither birds Nor sign from heaven helped thee, but I came, The simple Oedipus; I stopped her mouth By mother wit, untaught of auguries.
    Sophocles  --  Oedipus the King
  • I’ve asked Octavian not to share his auguries, or we’d have mass panic.
    Rick Riordan  --  The Son of Neptune
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