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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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  • She is a beauty and possesses lovely charms, but no more; she has inauspicious marks, the foretokens of ruin and ill luck.

    The Gtakaml rya Sra
  • For tears and cries are the inauspicious signs by which children show what they love and hate.

    Laws Plato
  • When they had deliberated to this effect,4 they went to the king, and said falsely to him, “She has inauspicious marks.”

    The Kath Sarit Sgara Somadeva Bhatta
  • This was an inauspicious commencement of an active and anxious career.

  • He looked across the gentle slope at the angle of the inauspicious room.

    Guy Deverell, v. 1 of 2 Joseph Sheridan Le Fanu
  • Mildly and not unjustly Roger calls this "an inauspicious question."

    A Book About Lawyers John Cordy Jeaffreson
  • On ordinary occasions, brothers should not be shaved on the same day, as this would be inauspicious.

  • It was a dashing victory, gallantly won after an inauspicious start.

  • This inauspicious juncture was said to have been foretold by an old woman who had derived her information from an angel.

British Dictionary definitions for inauspicious


not auspicious; unlucky
Derived Forms
inauspiciously, adverb
inauspiciousness, noun
Collins English Dictionary - Complete & Unabridged 2012 Digital Edition
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Word Origin and History for inauspicious

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

Online Etymology Dictionary, © 2010 Douglas Harper
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