Definition of inauspicious in English:

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Pronunciation: /ɪnɔːˈspɪʃəs/


1Not conducive to success; unpromising: following this inauspicious start the British, outnumbered, withdrew
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  • However, despite such inauspicious beginnings, by Act 2 Noel has successfully infiltrated the upper echelons of society and seems set for success.
  • Yet out of this inauspicious premise, director Peter Hedges (who also scripted About a Boy and What's Eating Gilbert Grape) has created an extraordinarily fresh and universal film.
  • Despite its inauspicious beginnings, the pair of them had an unorthodox, but happy marriage that lasted until Charlotte's death in 1943.
1.1Unlucky: this is the inauspicious star of disaster
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  • These ‘genuine shifts in cohesion and cooperation’ the editorialist writes about did not arise from an inauspicious conjunction of the stars.
  • Most influential, however, are the inauspicious occurrences that bode disaster.
  • It seemed like quite an inauspicious, dark year at the time, but 1981 was, like 1945, a turning point up from a bottom in some sense.



Pronunciation: /ˌɪnɔːˈspɪʃəsli/
Example sentences
  • My career in Fleet Street began inauspiciously: the very first feature I wrote for the Guardian, more than a quarter of a century ago, elicited a libel writ.
  • Proceedings started inauspiciously for the home team, when prevailing wisdom was they needed early points to stand any chance.
  • Today started inauspiciously but as it drew on became progressively more pleasant and right now I am quite happy, which seems like a good thing for a new year, and a fantastic omen for things to come.


Example sentences
  • ‘This isn't my day’ she concluded somewhat belatedly; shaking her head in a combination of attrition and black humor as she considered the somewhat odious inauspiciousness of today's events thus far.
  • So the character of Adi seems to be one of inauspiciousness and austerities - no marriages, or at least not until after the new moon; no initiation ceremonies; acts of penance.
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