n. pl. au·gu·ries
1. The art, ability, or practice of auguring; divination.
2. A sign of something coming; an omen: "The chartist buys when the auguries look favorable and sells on bad omens" (Burton G. Malkiel).
[Middle English augurie, from Old French, from Latin augurium, from augur, augur; see AUGUR.]
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