Tuesday, August 08, 2000
auspicious adjective [aw-SPISH-uhs] Giving promise of success, prosperity, or happiness; predicting good; as, "an auspicious beginning."
Definitions for auspicious
- Giving promise of success, prosperity, or happiness; predicting good; as, "an auspicious beginning."
- Prosperous; fortunate; as, "auspicious years."
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Citations for auspicious
But as Saturday fell on a very auspicious day in the Chinese calendar, every hotel in Nanjing was booked for weddings.
The hard truth of fire management is that the conditions most auspicious for a "prescribed burn," in which dangerously dense pine forests are purged of combustible debris, are not so very different from those that can lead to a devastating wildfire.
Origin of auspicious
Auspicious derives from Latin auspicium, "an omen, a sign," from auspex, "one who observes or looks at the habits of birds for purposes of divination," from avis, "bird" + specere, "to look, to look at."