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auspicious

[aw-spish-uh s] /ɔˈspɪʃ əs/
adjective
1.
promising success; propitious; opportune; favorable:
an auspicious occasion.
2.
favored by fortune; prosperous; fortunate.
Origin
1600-1610
1600-10; < Latin auspici(um) auspice + -ous
Related forms
auspiciously, adverb
auspiciousness, noun
unauspicious, adjective
unauspiciously, adverb
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Examples for auspicious
  • It's been an auspicious morning for the new facility.
  • The builders also believed the numbers nine and five to be auspicious.
  • She also advises couples wishing to set an auspicious wedding date.
  • The timing was auspicious.
  • But the latest signs are less auspicious.
  • This is Monday, considered an auspicious day for weddings.
  • Despite a highly theatrical and overly protracted finale, this is an auspicious beginning for a fledgling series.
  • Her voice, strong and fearless, promises much; hers is a truly auspicious debut.
  • It was shown on Saturday, the last day of the competition, which is often the event's least auspicious slot.
  • The year got off to an auspicious start.
British Dictionary definitions for auspicious

auspicious

/ɔːˈspɪʃəs/
adjective
1.
favourable or propitious
2.
(archaic) prosperous or fortunate
Derived Forms
auspiciously, adverb
auspiciousness, noun
Usage note
The use of auspicious to mean `very special' (as in this auspicious occasion) should be avoided
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Word Origin and History for auspicious
adj.

1590s, "of good omen" (implied in auspiciously), from Latin auspicium "divination by observing the flight of birds," from auspex (genitive auspicis) + -ous.

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