auspicious


aus·pi·cious

adjective \-ˈspi-shəs\

: showing or suggesting that future success is likely

Full Definition of AUSPICIOUS

1
:  showing or suggesting that future success is likely :  propitious <made an auspicious beginning>
2
:  attended by good fortune :  prosperous <an auspicious year>
aus·pi·cious·ly adverb
aus·pi·cious·ness noun

Examples of AUSPICIOUS

  1. His acclaimed first novel was an auspicious debut.
  2. <told him she couldn't dance with him just then, but her auspicious smile encouraged him to ask again later>
  3. After his auspicious debut, Chambers became sought after by serious collectors of folk art; but given that the present show is now only the second he has had and is the first retrospective look at him, he is probably as obscure to the general museum going public today as he was in 1942. —Sanford Schwartz, New York Review of Books, 15 Jan. 2009

Origin of AUSPICIOUS

(see auspice)
First Known Use: 1593

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