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Aegis

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  • The noun aegis, usually embedded in the phrase under the aegis of, means protection, auspices, or sponsorship. It comes from the Ancient Greek aigis, which denoted a shield or armor made from the skin of a goat. So when a Greek poet wrote that a hero was under the aegis of the gods, this meant the hero was under divine protection.

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    The Office of Unclaimed Funds, under the aegis of the state comptroller, had set up a table at the Hilton. [New York Times]

    Providing aid to Greece and other countries wouldn’t be straightforward, and it is unclear how it could be done under the aegis of the EU. [Wall Street Journal]

    The technology that will make this possible is being developed under the aegis of the Semantic Web movement. [American Libraries Magazine]

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    1. I love this word because it looks ancient, and has a meaning that is both practical and a bit fanciful. At least to me, it does!

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