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Etymology edit

From auspice +‎ -ious, from Latin auspicium (augury), from auspex (augur), possibly via French.

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  • IPA(key): /ɔːˈspɪ.ʃəs/
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  • Rhymes: -ɪʃəs

Adjective edit

auspicious (comparative more auspicious, superlative most auspicious)

  1. Of good omen; indicating future success.
    • 1834, L[etitia] E[lizabeth] L[andon], chapter XII, in Francesca Carrara. [], volume I, London: Richard Bentley, [], (successor to Henry Colburn), →OCLC, page 130:
      It was a boast of Napoleon, that the very weather owned the influence of his auspicious star—his triumphal entry, his procession, or his fête, were always marked by sunshine.
    • 2019 February 27, Drachinifel, 5:34 from the start, in The Battle of Samar - Odds? What are those?[1], archived from the original on 3 November 2022:
      Losing nearly a third of the heavy cruisers, including Admiral Kurita's flagship, the Atago, was not an especially-auspicious start to the operation, especially with the admiral himself having to be fished out of the water by a destroyer.
  2. Conducive to success.
    Synonyms: favourable, favorable, promising, propitious, fortunate, lucky
    This is an auspicious day.
  3. Marked by success; prosperous.
    Synonyms: lucky, fortunate

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Usually used in Asian contexts.

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