[ aw-spish-uhs ]
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  1. promising success; propitious; opportune; favorable: an auspicious occasion.

  2. favored by fortune; prosperous; fortunate.

Origin of auspicious

First recorded in 1600–10; equivalent to Latin auspici(um) auspice + -ous

Other words from auspicious

  • aus·pi·cious·ly, adverb
  • aus·pi·cious·ness, noun
  • un·aus·pi·cious, adjective
  • un·aus·pi·cious·ly, adverb Unabridged Based on the Random House Unabridged Dictionary, © Random House, Inc. 2023

How to use auspicious in a sentence

  • But Peg shook her bobbed head and refused to promise that she would keep up the friendship so auspiciously begun.

  • That day, opening thus auspiciously to Beck, was memorable also to other and more prominent persons in this history.

    Lucretia, Complete | Edward Bulwer-Lytton
  • The third of October had broken auspiciously with a bright sun and a cloudless sky.

    The Mystery of Cloomber | Arthur Conan Doyle
  • It was Sunday, and never Sabbath broke fairer than that one, or sun shone more auspiciously on the commencement of a voyage.

    In Eastern Seas | J. J. Smith
  • My second attempt to break into the casual ward began more auspiciously.

British Dictionary definitions for auspicious


/ (ɔːˈspɪʃəs) /

  1. favourable or propitious

  2. archaic prosperous or fortunate

usage For auspicious

The use of auspicious to mean `very special' (as in this auspicious occasion) should be avoided

Derived forms of auspicious

  • auspiciously, adverb
  • auspiciousness, noun

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