a possible sign of what's to come
augur - indicate
The word ‘augur’ was originally used to refer to a religious official in Ancient Rome who claimed to be able to predict the future by interpreting omens. It has since been adapted to express something which foretells or indicates a likely future outcome.
Those dense, dark clouds coming this way augur rain. I think I’ll delay my walk until they have passed.
The recent job cuts are not an augury of doom for the business. We are just making ourselves more streamlined to better cope with a precarious economic environment.
We have had to cancel four rehearsals in the last two weeks. That doesn’t augur well for our opening night this Saturday.