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

Definition of inauspicious

: not auspicious an inauspicious start

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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 Gasol had an inauspicious start to his time with the Lakers. Broderick Turner Staff Writer, Los Angeles Times, "Marc Gasol’s veteran savvy against Timberwolves leaves Lakers in awe," 28 Dec. 2020 The inauspicious start marked a career first for Brees, now in his 20th NFL season. Luke Johnson,, "Drew Brees brings back late spark, but Saints QB knows there's 'a ways" to go before 100%," 20 Dec. 2020 Despite its inauspicious start, the book caught on. Daniel Yergin, The Atlantic, "The Ghosts Who Haunt the South China Sea," 15 Dec. 2020 Yet despite the inauspicious beginning, I have been compelled to fish for steelhead ever since. Keith Mccafferty, Field & Stream, "My Steelhead Addiction," 11 Dec. 2020 After inauspicious starts to their seasons for a variety of reasons, the Cal and Stanford football players are desperate for a first victory. Rusty Simmons,, "Cal and Stanford enter Big Game looking for first win: Here’s what to watch," 26 Nov. 2020 Change came to Peru in an inauspicious way -- with the impeachment of President Martín Vizcarra earlier this month, in relation to allegations of corruption during his time as governor of the Moquegua region. Claudia Rebaza, CNN, "'They messed with the wrong generation': How young people shook up politics in Peru," 23 Nov. 2020 Fruit tarts are often made with pâte brisée, an inauspicious name. Bill Buford, The New Yorker, "A French Answer to American Apple Pie," 19 Nov. 2020 The inauspicious start to his career — the neck injury, getting sent up and down and being traded — has tested Subban’s resolve. Phil Thompson,, "Malcolm Subban has been preparing his whole life to be a starting NHL goalie. Now he has a shot with the Chicago Blackhawks.," 12 Nov. 2020

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First Known Use of inauspicious

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 Jan. 2021.

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English Language Learners Definition of inauspicious

formal : not showing or suggesting that future success is likely : not auspicious

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