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[aw-spish-uh s] /ɔˈspɪʃ əs/
promising success; propitious; opportune; favorable:
an auspicious occasion.
favored by fortune; prosperous; fortunate.
Origin of auspicious
1600-10; < Latin auspici(um) auspice + -ous
Related forms
auspiciously, adverb
auspiciousness, noun
unauspicious, adjective
unauspiciously, adverb Unabridged
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Examples from the web 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


favourable or propitious
(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
Collins English Dictionary - Complete & Unabridged 2012 Digital Edition
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Word Origin and History for auspicious

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

Online Etymology Dictionary, © 2010 Douglas Harper
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