Aus"pice (?), n.; pl. Auspices (). [L. auspicium, fr. auspex: cf. F. auspice. See Auspicate, a.]


A divining or taking of omens by observing birds; an omen as to an undertaking, drawn from birds; an augury; an omen or sign in general; an indication as to the future.


Protection; patronage and care; guidance.

Which by his auspice they will nobler make. Dryden.

⇒ In this sense the word is generally plural, auspices; as, under the auspices of the king.


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