Is your team losing 15-0? Has your girlfriend just slapped your face? Dude, these are auguries — signs of how things are going to work out in the future. And these two examples don't look good.

In fact, not every augury is an ill omen, as the common phrase "augurs well for the future" suggests, but more often than not, it seems, an augury is a sign that the future will be none too rosy. Auguries are signs of what's to come, and it's wise not to ignore them.

Definitions of augury

n an event that is experienced as indicating important things to come

“he hoped it was an augury
foretoken, preindication, sign
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war cloud
an ominous sign that war threatens
omen, portent, presage, prodigy, prognostic, prognostication
a sign of something about to happen
a favorable omen
an unfavorable omen
death knell
an omen of death or destruction
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an event as apprehended