[aw-spish-uh s]


promising success; propitious; opportune; favorable: an auspicious occasion.
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. 2019

Examples from the Web for auspiciously

Historical Examples of auspiciously

  • It was a revolting ending for an adventure that had started so auspiciously.

  • "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.

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



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

    Jane Allen: Center

    Edith Bancroft

British Dictionary definitions for auspiciously



favourable or propitious
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 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