1. [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.
2. Protection; patronage and care; guidance.
Which by his auspice they will nobler make.
Note: In this sense the word is generally plural, auspices;
as, under the auspices of the king.
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