Under the auspices of


What's the meaning of the phrase 'Under the auspices of'?

Under the control or protection of someone or some group.

What's the origin of the phrase 'Under the auspices of'?

Of course, to understand the phrase ‘under the auspices of’, we need to know what auspices are. No, they aren’t pieces of a horse.

In the heyday of the Roman Empire people were employed to make predictions based on the flight of birds. These characters were known as auspexes and their observations and the token of good fortune that arose from them were called auspices.

Anyone who followed a course of action based on such a premonition felt themselves to be safe in their actions and to be ‘under the auspices’ of the favourable omens.

 

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Gary Martin is a writer and researcher on the origins of phrases and the creator of the Phrase Finder website. Over the past 26 years more than 700 million of his pages have been downloaded by readers. He is one of the most popular and trusted sources of information on phrases and idioms.

Gary Martin

Writer and researcher on the origins of phrases and the creator of the Phrase Finder website. Over the past 26 years more than 700 million of his pages have been downloaded by readers. He is one of the most popular and trusted sources of information on phrases and idioms.