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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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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 un auspicious

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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