AEGIS

auspices, protection, aegis

(noun) kindly endorsement and guidance; “the tournament was held under the auspices of the city council”

breastplate, aegis, egis

(noun) armor plate that protects the chest; the front part of a cuirass

Source: WordNet® 3.1


Etymology

Noun

aegis (plural aegises or aegides)

(Greek mythology, Roman mythology) A mythological shield associated with the Greek deities Zeus and Athena (and their Roman counterparts Jupiter and Minerva) shown as a short cloak made of goatskin worn on the shoulders, more as an emblem of power and protection than a military shield. The aegis of Athena or Minerva is usually shown with a border of snakes and with the head of Medusa in the center. [from early 17th c.]

(figuratively) Usually as under the aegis: guidance, protection; endorsement, sponsorship.

Synonyms: auspices, protection, patronage

Anagrams

• Saige

Source: Wiktionary


Æ"gis, n. Etym: [L. aegis, fr. Gr.

Definition: A shield or protective armor; -- applied in mythology to the shield of Jupiter which he gave to Minerva. Also fig.: A shield; a protection.

Source: Webster’s Unabridged Dictionary 1913 Edition



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