Etymology
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auspices (n.)

plural (and now the usual form) of auspice (1530s), "observation of birds for the purpose of taking omens," from French auspice (14c.), from Latin auspicum "divination from the flight of birds; function of an auspex" (q.v.). Meaning "any indication of the future (especially favorable)" is from 1650s; earlier (1630s) in extended sense of "benevolent influence of greater power, influence exerted on behalf of someone or something," originally in expression under the auspices of.

updated on March 03, 2017

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Definitions of auspices from WordNet

auspices (n.)
kindly endorsement and guidance;
the tournament was held under the auspices of the city council
Synonyms: protection / aegis
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