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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 of auspicious
1600-1610
1600-10; < Latin auspici(um) auspice + -ous
Related forms
auspiciously, adverb
auspiciousness, noun
unauspicious, adjective
unauspiciously, adverb
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  • It was a revolting ending for an adventure that had started so auspiciously.

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  • "But the good work has been most auspiciously inaugurated," continued Lyman.

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  • Thus the autumn manœuvres of Miss Norsham opened most auspiciously.

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  • Of the year entered so auspiciously, none dreamt what the end was to be.

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  • As a prelude to other good times Train Day sports were carried on auspiciously.

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  • His lucky stars were most auspiciously grouped that morning.

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  • auspiciously as this reign had begun, however, it ended sadly.

  • After the first year has passed so auspiciously, why may not a second?

  • The United States had auspiciously inaugurated that movement.

    The History of Cuba, vol. 2 Willis Fletcher Johnson
  • It was an inglorious end to an undertaking which opened so auspiciously.

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British Dictionary definitions for auspiciously

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 auspiciously

auspicious

adj.

1590s, "of good omen" (implied in auspiciously), from Latin auspicium "divination by observing the flight of birds," from auspex (genitive auspicis) + -ous.

Online Etymology Dictionary, © 2010 Douglas Harper
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