Todays Word: “aegis or egis”

Word: aegis or egis

PRONUNCIATION:

(EE-jis)

MEANING:

noun: Protection, support, guidance, or sponsorship of a particular person or organization.

ETYMOLOGY:

From Latin aegis, from Greek aigis (goatskin), from aix (goat). Aigis was the name of the shield or breastplate of Zeus or Athena in Greek mythology. It was made of goatskin. Earliest documented use: 1704.

USAGE:

“‘I hope that the European Commission will take these projects under its aegis,’ president Yushchenko said.”
Yushchenko Hopes European Commission Will Take Gas-transit Modernization Projects Under Its Aegis; Kyiv Post (Ukraine); Mar 23, 2009.

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