Get the details behind our redesign


[aw-spish-uh s] /ɔˈspɪʃ əs/
promising success; propitious; opportune; favorable:
an auspicious occasion.
favored by fortune; prosperous; fortunate.
1600-10; < Latin auspici(um) auspice + -ous
Related forms
auspiciously, adverb
auspiciousness, noun
unauspicious, adjective
unauspiciously, adverb Unabridged
Based on the Random House Dictionary, © Random House, Inc. 2014.
Cite This Source
Examples for auspiciously
  • And auspiciously, we're at a moment when more data than ever lies within ready reach.
  • Yet her well-padded, auspiciously sponsored life was not an easy one.
  • The film shows that the journey began auspiciously enough, with much fanfare and good wishes.
  • We do not think, however, that the new campaign which opened so auspiciously has come to an end.
  • The opera season opened auspiciously, although there hab been nothing note worthy as yet.
  • Corn began the day auspiciously, but before the first half hour was over the market was in a de generated condition.
British Dictionary definitions for auspiciously


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
© William Collins Sons & Co. Ltd. 1979, 1986 © HarperCollins
Publishers 1998, 2000, 2003, 2005, 2006, 2007, 2009, 2012
Cite This Source
Word Origin and History for auspiciously
1590s, "of good omen," from L. auspicium "divination by observing the flight of birds," from auspex (gen. auspicis) "augur," lit. "one who takes signs from the flight of birds."
Online Etymology Dictionary, © 2010 Douglas Harper
Cite This Source

Word of The Day

Difficulty index for auspicious

Some English speakers likely know this word

Word Value for auspiciously

Scrabble Words With Friends