in·​aus·​pi·​cious | \ ˌi-ˌnȯ-ˈspi-shəs How to pronounce inauspicious (audio) \

Definition of inauspicious

: not auspicious an inauspicious start

Other Words from inauspicious

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 Despite the inauspicious prologue, a decade later Ms. Wintour became Vogue’s editor in chief, an office that became the foundation for her emergence as a cultural and business impresario. Brenda Cronin, WSJ, 6 May 2022 Far from the inauspicious, impoverished South Bronx neighborhood from which he was born during the Great Depression. Linda Chase, Sun Sentinel, 26 Apr. 2022 On the third day of this inauspicious new year, the hyper-prolific and gonzo-candid rap sensation RXK Nephew appeared on YouTube with his sixth song of 2022. Washington Post, 7 Jan. 2022 Newly public digital media company Buzzfeed saw its shares tank by 24% on Thursday, adding to its inauspicious debut this week on Nasdaq, The New York Times reported. Jacob Carpenter, Fortune, 10 Dec. 2021 But his plan appears at odds with the direction in which legislative leaders were headed — an inauspicious kickoff to negotiations in the state Capitol and one that Democrats would have likely preferred to avoid. John Myers, Los Angeles Times, 25 Mar. 2022 Common themes in the speeches were Reid's rise from inauspicious circumstances, his humility, his persistence, and his penchant for ending phone conversations without saying goodbye. Grayson Quay, The Week, 9 Jan. 2022 Perhaps it will all be worked out in the end, but this particular agreement seems to have gotten off to an inauspicious start. David Blackmon, Forbes, 27 Mar. 2022 Relations between the two Communist regimes had an inauspicious beginning. Michael Schuman, The Atlantic, 9 Mar. 2022 See More

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First Known Use of inauspicious

1592, in the meaning defined above

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15 May 2022

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“Inauspicious.” Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, Accessed 25 May. 2022.

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