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Augur, in ancient Rome, official who derived signs (auguries) concerning future events from the flight or other actions of birds, certain appearances in quadrupeds, lightning, or other unusual occurrences. In an elaborate ceremony, the augur would choose a spot with a clear view to wait for any signs—from thunder in the skies to the squeak of a mouse—that might indicate the “will of the gods.” No important business of state could be initiated without first consulting such a diviner.

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