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[in-aw-spish-uh s] /ˌɪn ɔˈspɪʃ əs/
not auspicious; boding ill; ill-omened; unfavorable.
Origin of inauspicious
1585-95; in-3 + auspicious
Related forms
inauspiciously, adverb
inauspiciousness, noun
unpropitious, ill-timed, unpromising. Unabridged
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  • It was an inauspicious start to an ambitious project: to walk the length of the redwood range.
  • The day does seem inauspicious for presidents, however.
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  • If that is any preview of the next few days, it is an inauspicious start.
  • The club of prisoner-executing nations is an inauspicious one.
  • But with that said, today's sell global sell-off is inauspicious.
  • It struck me as both a beautiful and inauspicious experiment.
  • In medicine, great discoveries often have an inauspicious origin.
  • It is an inauspicious time of life to learn new tricks.
British Dictionary definitions for inauspicious


not auspicious; unlucky
Derived Forms
inauspiciously, adverb
inauspiciousness, noun
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Word Origin and History for inauspicious

1590s, from in- (1) "not, opposite of" + auspicious. Related: Inauspiciously; inauspiciousness.

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