in·​aus·​pi·​cious ˌi-ˌnȯ-ˈspi-shəs How to pronounce inauspicious (audio)
: not auspicious
an inauspicious start
inauspiciously adverb
inauspiciousness noun

Examples of inauspicious in a Sentence

Despite its inauspicious beginnings, the company eventually became very profitable. this many problems so early in the project is a most inauspicious sign
Recent Examples on the Web Then again, Porsche itself had a pretty inauspicious start. Tim Pitt, Robb Report, 2 Feb. 2024 Star Wars: The Clone Wars Maturing every successive season following its inauspicious 2008 pilot movie, The Clone Wars became a cinematic actioner as enjoyable for adult fans as its target youngling audience. Ew Staff,, 30 Oct. 2023 In his obituary, Christopher Knight relates the storied career of a figure whose inauspicious roots included early stints in the military and professional gambling. Carolina A. Miranda, Los Angeles Times, 28 Oct. 2023 The convoy had an inauspicious start; just 19 vehicles set out from Virginia on Monday, and within minutes some were lost. David Gilbert, WIRED, 2 Feb. 2024 To make matters worse, last spring’s expedition had an inauspicious start. Quanta Magazine, 4 Jan. 2024 From that inauspicious beginning, a friendship was born, and later the three humans agreed to share the ownership and cost of Striker. Sarah Lyall, New York Times, 9 May 2023 Historically, birth was so dangerous — the fatality rate in the 16th and 17th centuries has been estimated to be as high as 1.5 percent — that depicting a pregnant person was seen as inauspicious. Julia Halperin, New York Times, 6 Dec. 2023 And his inauspicious interlude appears headed for a happy ending. Jonathan Edwards, Washington Post, 15 Nov. 2023 See More

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Word History

First Known Use

1592, in the meaning defined above

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The first known use of inauspicious was in 1592

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“Inauspicious.” Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, Accessed 22 Feb. 2024.

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in·​aus·​pi·​cious ˌin-ȯ-ˈspish-əs How to pronounce inauspicious (audio)
: not auspicious : not looking good for future success
inauspiciously adverb
inauspiciousness noun

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