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[in-aw-spish-uh s] /ˌɪn ɔˈspɪʃ əs/
not auspicious; boding ill; ill-omened; unfavorable.
Origin of inauspicious
First recorded in 1585-95; in-3 + auspicious
Related forms
inauspiciously, adverb
inauspiciousness, noun
unpropitious, ill-timed, unpromising. Unabridged
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  • Why are you thus altered, and what means this inauspicious quick-sightedness and alarm?

    Imogen William Godwin
  • For tears and cries are the inauspicious signs by which children show what they love and hate.

    Laws Plato
  • This was an inauspicious commencement of an active and anxious career.

  • Mildly and not unjustly Roger calls this "an inauspicious question."

    A Book About Lawyers

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

  • She wondered what further unpleasantness was about to happen to her on that inauspicious night.

    Betty Vivian L. T. Meade
  • Into this inauspicious apartment was I conducted by my strange companions.

    The Purcell Papers Joseph Sheridan Le Fanu
  • Hence the place was deserted, and has ever since been regarded as inauspicious.

  • Sundays, which are auspicious for weddings, are inauspicious for crimes.

British Dictionary definitions for inauspicious


not auspicious; unlucky
Derived Forms
inauspiciously, adverb
inauspiciousness, noun
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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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