1. [syn: augury, sign, foretoken, preindication]
The Collaborative International Dictionary of English v.0.48:
Augury \Au"gu*ry\, n.; pl. Auguries. [L. aucurium.]
1. The art or practice of foretelling events by observing the
actions of birds, etc.; divination.
2. An omen; prediction; prognostication; indication of the
From their flight strange auguries she drew.
He resigned himself . . . with a docility that gave
little augury of his future greatness. --Prescott.
3. A rite, ceremony, or observation of an augur.
WordNet (r) 3.0 (2006):
n 1: an event that is experienced as indicating important things
to come; "he hoped it was an augury"; "it was a sign from
God" [syn: augury, sign, foretoken, preindication]
Moby Thesaurus II by Grady Ward, 1.0:
49 Moby Thesaurus words for "augury":
adumbration, anticipation, astrology, auspice, betokening,
betokenment, boding, clairvoyance, crystal ball, crystal gazing,
divination, divining, foreshadow, foreshadowing, foreshowing,
foretoken, foretokening, fortunetelling, haruspication, haruspicy,
horoscopy, indicant, indication, mantic, mantology, omen,
palm-reading, palmistry, portent, prefiguration, preindication,
premonition, premonitory shiver, premonitory sign,
premonitory symptom, presage, presentiment, presignifying,
prognostic, prognostication, promise, pythonism, shadow, sign,
soothsay, sorcery, token, tokening, type