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Wordnet 3.0

NOUN (1)

1. kindly endorsement and guidance;
- Example: "the tournament was held under the auspices of the city council"
[syn: auspices, protection, aegis]

The Collaborative International Dictionary of English v.0.48:

Auspice \Aus"pice\, n.; pl. Auspices. [L. auspicium, fr. auspex: cf. F. auspice. See Auspicate, a.] 1. 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. [1913 Webster] 2. Protection; patronage and care; guidance. [1913 Webster] Which by his auspice they will nobler make. --Dryden. [1913 Webster] Note: In this sense the word is generally plural, auspices; as, under the auspices of the king. [1913 Webster]
Moby Thesaurus II by Grady Ward, 1.0:

59 Moby Thesaurus words for "auspices": abetment, accountability, administration, advocacy, aegis, approval, authority, backing, bossing, care, championship, charge, charity, control, countenance, cure, custodianship, custody, encouragement, eye, favor, fosterage, goodwill, governance, government, guardianship, guidance, hands, influence, intendance, interest, jurisdiction, keeping, management, ministry, oversight, pastorage, pastorate, pastorship, patronage, protection, protectorship, responsibility, safe hands, sanction, seconding, sponsorship, stewardship, superintendence, supervision, support, surveillance, sympathy, tutelage, ward, wardenship, wardship, watch and ward, wing