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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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British Dictionary definitions for unauspicious

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 unauspicious
auspicious
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."
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