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augury
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Definition an event that is experienced as indicating important things to come
  • Yet landbirds flying from starboard crossed his bow- a lucky augury.
    Homer  --  The Odyssey
  • Not a whit, we defy augury: there's a special providence in the fall of a sparrow.
    William Shakespeare  --  Hamlet, Prince of Denmark
  • For an augury of good or evil?
    James Joyce  --  A Portrait of the Artist as a Young Man
  • 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
  • The magistrate observed me with a keen eye and of course drew an unfavourable augury from my manner.
    Mary Shelley  --  Frankenstein
  • 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
  • And 'augury' doesn't begin O — R — G either.
    J.K. Rowling  --  Harry Potter and the Half-Blood Prince
  • This smile appeared to d'Artagnan to be of bad augury.
    Alexandre Dumas  --  The Three Musketeers
  • 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
  • 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!
  • She listened, finding in the sweet treble notes an augury for her future.
    Zane Grey  --  The Thundering Herd
  • Here I watched the birds for augury.
    James Joyce  --  Ulysses
  • But the augury was without warrant.
    Zane Grey  --  The Man of the Forest
  • Let not my pray'rs a doubtful answer find; But in clear auguries unveil thy mind.'
    Virgil  --  The Aeneid
  • 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
  • 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
  • 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
  • We must consult the auguries before we decide what to do with him.
    Rick Riordan  --  The Son of Neptune
  • Do you consult them for your auguries?
    Rick Riordan  --  The Mark of Athena

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