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Examples of auspicious in a Sentence
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
There is, first of all, Marconi himself, the 21-year-old prodigy who burst on London with his gizmo in 1896. This wasn't the most auspicious moment for a half-Irish, half-Italian unknown to announce that he had bested some of the empire's greatest scientific minds. —Kevin Baker, New York Times Book Review, 5 Nov. 2006
Indeed, it hardly seems like an auspicious time to introduce a brand of cigarettes, especially for tiny Star, which accounts for just over 1 percent of the U.S. market with its four brands of discount smokes. —David Noonan, Newsweek, 16 Oct. 2000
His acclaimed first novel was an auspicious debut.
told him she couldn't dance with him just then, but her auspicious smile encouraged him to ask again later
Recent Examples of auspicious from the Web
The intervention was imperative given that the U.S. President had broken protocol by not issuing a Chinese New Year's greeting on the first day of the auspicious holiday.
Unlike CeCe, who was introduced (under auspicious circumstances) in Season 3, A.D. turned out to be someone fans had never met - at least, not officially - until the series finale.
The 12 months leading up to this week’s start of negotiations haven’t been auspicious.
Despite the auspicious name of the movies' director, Marc Webb, the reboots simply didn't live up to the first Spider-Man series — critically or commercially.
The summer of 1976 was auspicious in Philadelphia not only because of the Bicentennial and the Phillies’ win of the National League East.
Its maiden voyage was hardly auspicious: Archbishop Philip M. Hannan was one of the passengers in the first car, which was stalled for 15 minutes above the river.
The most auspicious, Young Sheldon, will bow in the Thursday 8:30 p.m. slot after Thursday Night Football moves from CBS to NBC in October.
In all, an auspicious launch to a cycle that's likely to renew an appreciation of Brahms' musical genius in the minds of many locals.
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The Origin of auspicious Is For The Birds
Auspicious comes from Latin auspex, which literally means "bird seer" (from the words avis, meaning "bird," and specere, meaning "to look at"). In ancient Rome, these "bird seers" were priests, or augurs, who studied the flight and feeding patterns of birds, then delivered prophecies based on their observations. The right combination of bird behavior indicated favorable conditions, but the wrong patterns spelled trouble. The English noun auspice, which originally referred to this practice of observing birds to discover omens, also comes from Latin auspex. Today, the plural form auspices is often used with the meaning "kindly patronage and guidance."
Synonym Discussion of auspicious
AUSPICIOUS Defined for English Language Learners
Definition of auspicious for English Language Learners
: showing or suggesting that future success is likely
AUSPICIOUS Defined for Kids
Definition of auspicious for Students
: promising success an auspicious beginning
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