not auspicious; boding ill; ill-omened; unfavorable.

Origin of inauspicious

First recorded in 1585–95; in-3 + auspicious
Related formsin·aus·pi·cious·ly, adverbin·aus·pi·cious·ness, noun

Synonyms for inauspicious Unabridged Based on the Random House Unabridged Dictionary, © Random House, Inc. 2019

Examples from the Web for inauspicious

Contemporary Examples of inauspicious

Historical Examples of inauspicious

  • Why are you thus altered, and what means this inauspicious quick-sightedness and alarm?


    William Godwin

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



  • 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.

British Dictionary definitions for inauspicious



not auspicious; unlucky
Derived Formsinauspiciously, adverbinauspiciousness, noun
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Word Origin and History for inauspicious

1590s, from in- (1) "not, opposite of" + auspicious. Related: Inauspiciously; inauspiciousness.

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