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  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

Synonyms for inauspicious

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Historical Examples of inauspiciously

  • Their marriage, begun so inauspiciously, turned out to be ideally happy.

    Autobiography of a YOGI

    Paramhansa Yogananda

  • The day so inauspiciously begun turned out beautifully sunny.

  • The year which had opened so inauspiciously thus ended in victory, though the situation was still fraught with danger.

  • In one part, carcases of houses, inauspiciously begun and never finished, rotted away.

  • It was evident that they did not like the outlook of a voyage under such a captain and begun so inauspiciously.

    The Sea-Wolf

    Jack London

British Dictionary definitions for inauspiciously


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



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

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