Pronunciation: (ô'spis), [key]
—pl. aus•pic•esPronunciation: (ô'spu-siz). [key]
1. Usually, auspices. patronage; support; sponsorship: under the auspices of the Department of Education.
2. Often, auspices. a favorable sign or propitious circumstance.
3. a divination or prognostication, originally from observing birds.
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