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auspice

aus·pice

auspice

 
pronunciation:
aw spihs
part of speech: noun
definition 1: (usu. pl.) sponsorship or protection; patronage.
The nuclear weapons inspectors carried out their work under the auspices of their respective governments.
definition 2: (often pl.) an omen or sign of the future, esp. one taken as favorable.
similar words:
omen
definition 3: the practice of predicting the future or obtaining hidden knowledge by interpreting omens, esp. those derived from the observation of birds.