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Tuesday, August 08, 2000

Definitions for auspicious

  1. Giving promise of success, prosperity, or happiness; predicting good; as, "an auspicious beginning."
  2. Prosperous; fortunate; as, "auspicious years."

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Citations for auspicious
But as Saturday fell on a very auspicious day in the Chinese calendar, every hotel in Nanjing was booked for weddings. Seth Kaplan with Craig S. Smith, New York Times
The hard truth of fire management is that the conditions most auspicious for a "prescribed burn," in which dangerously dense pine forests are purged of combustible debris, are not so very different from those that can lead to a devastating wildfire. George Johnson, New York Times
Origin of auspicious
Auspicious derives from Latin auspicium, "an omen, a sign," from auspex, "one who observes or looks at the habits of birds for purposes of divination," from avis, "bird" + specere, "to look, to look at."