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inauspicious

[in-aw-spish-uhs]
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adjective
  1. not auspicious; boding ill; ill-omened; unfavorable.
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Origin of inauspicious

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

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

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    William Godwin

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

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    Plato

  • This was an inauspicious commencement of an active and anxious career.

  • Mildly and not unjustly Roger calls this "an inauspicious question."

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    John Cordy Jeaffreson

  • It was a dashing victory, gallantly won after an inauspicious start.


British Dictionary definitions for inauspicious

inauspicious

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

adj.

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

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