Webster's Revised Unabridged Dictionary (1913 + 1828)


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Auspicate (Page: 102)

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.


Auspicate (Page: 102)

Aus"pi*cate (?), v. t.

1. To foreshow; to foretoken. [Obs.] B. Jonson.

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 undertaking any important business.

They auspicate all their proceedings. Burke.