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[aw-spish-uh s] /ɔˈspɪʃ əs/
promising success; propitious; opportune; favorable:
an auspicious occasion.
favored by fortune; prosperous; fortunate.
Origin of auspicious
1600-10; < Latin auspici(um) auspice + -ous
Related forms
auspiciously, adverb
auspiciousness, noun
unauspicious, adjective
unauspiciously, adverb Unabridged
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Examples from the Web for auspiciously
Historical Examples
  • It was a revolting ending for an adventure that had started so auspiciously.

    Creatures of Vibration Harl Vincent
  • "But the good work has been most auspiciously inaugurated," continued Lyman.

    The Octopus Frank Norris
  • Thus the autumn manœuvres of Miss Norsham opened most auspiciously.

    The Bishop's Secret

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

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

    Jane Allen: Center Edith Bancroft
  • His lucky stars were most auspiciously grouped that morning.

    The Fiction Factory John Milton Edwards
  • 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.

    The Great Mogul

    Louis Tracy
British Dictionary definitions for auspiciously


favourable or propitious
(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
Collins English Dictionary - Complete & Unabridged 2012 Digital Edition
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Word Origin and History for auspiciously



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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