Aus"pi*cate (?), a. [L. auspicatus, p. p. of auspicari to take auspices, fr. auspex a bird seer, an augur, a contr. of avispex; avis bird + specere, spicere, to view. See Aviary, Spy.]

Auspicious.

[Obs.]

Holland.

 

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Aus"pi*cate (?), v. t.

1.

To foreshow; to foretoken.

[Obs.]

B. Jonson.

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.

They auspicate all their proceedings. Burke.

 

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