Definition of auspicious in English:


Syllabification: aus·pi·cious
Pronunciation: /ôˈspiSHəs


1Conducive to success; favorable: it was not the most auspicious moment to hold an election
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  • It comes into my life at an auspicious moment, as I will be hitting the road on Sunday.
  • As mum and dad took photographs or recorded the auspicious moment on the camcorder, the youngsters played happily and tentative new friendships were formed.
  • Timing is terribly important in the book trade and the publishers might have chosen to hold it back until a more auspicious moment.
1.1Giving or being a sign of future success: they said it was an auspicious moon—it was rising
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  • I do think it is an auspicious sign that women can vote and run for office.
  • An auspicious sign of record label interest might be when the company boss starts offering to carry your gear.
  • The banana is an auspicious plant in India, a sign of prosperity and fertility, and occupies a prominent part in the traditional decorations in any function.
1.2 archaic Characterized by success; prosperous: he was respectful to his auspicious customers


late 16th century: from auspice + -ous.



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  • Last year was a much slower season and this one didn't start too auspiciously either.
  • The day didn't start particularly auspiciously - the computer fell off my bike while I was loading it into the car, and I didn't notice.
  • I have to say that our weekend in Toronto didn't begin too auspiciously.


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  • Several kinds of flowers, fruits and leaves that symbolise auspiciousness and prosperity are stacked in fruit and vegetable markets along the roads.
  • Each element corresponds to a cardinal direction: in order of auspiciousness they are south, east, west and north, while the centre is the earth.
  • Because an astrology session brings together the triad of astrologer, client, and universe, one needs to communicate auspiciousness through the environment and the astrologer's behavior.

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