Auspicate
Auspicate 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. [1913 Webster]

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  • Auspicate — Aus pi*cate, v. t. 1. To foreshow; to foretoken. [Obs.] B. Jonson. [1913 Webster] 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… …   The Collaborative International Dictionary of English

  • auspicate — index anticipate (prognosticate), commence, embark, portend, predict, presage, prognosticate Bur …   Law dictionary

  • auspicate — /aw spi kayt /, v.t., auspicated, auspicating. to initiate with ceremonies calculated to ensure good luck; inaugurate. [1595 1605; < L auspicatus consecrated by auguries (ptp. of auspicari), equiv. to auspic (s. of AUSPEX) + atus ATE1] * * * …   Universalium

  • auspicate — 1. verb a) To foreshow; to foretoken. b) 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 …   Wiktionary

  • auspicate — v. inaugurate with a ceremony which is destined to bring success and good fortune; foretoken, foreshadow …   English contemporary dictionary

  • auspicate — aus·pi·cate …   English syllables

  • auspicate — /ˈɔspəkeɪt/ (say awspuhkayt) verb (auspicated, auspicating) Obsolete or Rare –verb (t) 1. to initiate with ceremonies calculated to ensure good luck; inaugurate. –verb (i) 2. to augur. {Latin auspicātus, past participle} …   Australian English dictionary

  • auspicate — verb 1. indicate by signs These signs bode bad news • Syn: ↑bode, ↑portend, ↑prognosticate, ↑omen, ↑presage, ↑betoken, ↑foreshadow, ↑augur, ↑ …   Useful english dictionary

  • 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… …   The Collaborative International Dictionary of English

  • Auspices — 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… …   The Collaborative International Dictionary of English

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