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aegis (noun) sponsorship, protection, or support (usually by an organization).
Used mostly as a part of the phrase, 'under the aegis', aegis means supporting programs and projects mostly aimed at public welfare. Organizations like the UN, for example, sponsor projects promoting the welfare of the people of the member countries. This means that the activities are taken up under the aegis of the organization. 'Under the aegis' can also be used in the legal context. In any democracy, under the aegis of the constitution, a nation enjoys certain rights and privileges which are considered very important.
- Under the aegis of international laws, drug peddling has been checked to some extent.
- Under the aegis of the UNESCO, activities are being organized on a massive scale to improve the living conditions in the third world countries, and also to preserve ancient structures.