Adjective "aegis" definition and examples

(Aegis may not be an adjective, but it can be used as an adjective, click here to find out.)



Definitions and examples


The protection, backing, or support of a particular person or organization.
  1. 'As a quasi-governmental organization, it enjoys protection under the aegis of HM Government.'
  2. 'The state's pursuit of energy providers continues, mainly under the aegis of the state Attorney General's Office.'
  3. 'He seems to suggest that the preservation of difference will have to be under the aegis of humanism.'
  4. 'Whereas in 1997, 10 art shows were advertised under the aegis of the festival, all are now excluded.'
  5. 'The exhibition was being held under the aegis of the US Consulate-General and the Indian Institute of Architects.'
  6. 'The woman, if she was currently not employable, was to be supported under the aegis of the family.'
  7. 'These facilities are hidden in various ways, frequently coming under the aegis of innocuous organizations.'
  8. 'In other words, the apolitical world of globalisation can prosper only under the aegis of a political entity.'
  9. 'The plan was drawn up by the Council, established under the aegis of the Department of Agriculture.'
  10. 'That piece of evidence is the document produced under the aegis of the UN Security Council.'
(in classical art and mythology) an attribute of Zeus and Athene (or their Roman counterparts Jupiter and Minerva) usually represented as a goatskin shield.
  1. 'On the side of the man in the aegis, gold light swathed the area behind him on his side of the battle.'
  2. 'That's why he let her use his insignia: the terrible shield, the aegis and his devastating weapon, the ray.'

More definitions

1. Classical Mythology. the shield or breastplate of Zeus or Athena, bearing at its center the head of the Gorgon.

2. protection; support: under the imperial aegis.

3. sponsorship; auspices: a debate under the aegis of the League of Women Voters.

More examples(as adjective)

"cruisers can be aegis."


Early 17th century (denoting armour or a shield, especially that of a god): via Latin from Greek aigis ‘shield of Zeus’.