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Date: 1700-1800
Origin: auspice 'telling the future by watching the behavior of birds, good influence' (16-19 centuries), from Latin auspicium, from avis 'bird' + specere 'to look at'

auspices

noun
     
aus‧pic‧es

under the auspices of somebody/something

formal with the help and support of a particular organization or person:
negotiations held under the auspices of the United Nations

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