[aw-spish-uh s]
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  1. promising success; propitious; opportune; favorable: an auspicious occasion.
  2. favored by fortune; prosperous; fortunate.

Origin of auspicious

1600–10; < Latin auspici(um) auspice + -ous
Related formsaus·pi·cious·ly, adverbaus·pi·cious·ness, nounun·aus·pi·cious, adjectiveun·aus·pi·cious·ly, adverb Unabridged Based on the Random House Unabridged Dictionary, © Random House, Inc. 2018

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  1. favourable or propitious
  2. archaic prosperous or fortunate
Derived Formsauspiciously, adverbauspiciousness, noun


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 auspicious

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

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