plural (and now the usual form) of auspice; 1530s, "observation of birds for the purpose of taking omens," from French auspice (14c.), from Latin auspicum "divination from the flight of birds; function of an auspex" (q.v.). Meaning "any indication of the future (especially favorable)" is from 1650s; earlier (1630s) in extended sense of "benevolent influence of greater power, influence exerted on behalf of someone or something," originally in expression under the auspices of.
1. The association is under the auspices of Word Bank.
2. The examination was held under the auspices of the government.
3. The lecture was given under the auspices of the Academy of Sciences.
4. This concert has been arranged under the auspices of the Knight Group.
5. This conference has been arranged under the auspices of the United Nations.