in·​aus·​pi·​cious | \ˌi-ˌnȯ-ˈspi-shəs \

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

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Still, there were signs that the gathering was off to an inauspicious start. Nicolas Parasie, WSJ, "‘Everybody Is Talking About’ Khashoggi at Saudi Conference," 23 Oct. 2018 Yet the president' defense of Manafort was somewhat inauspicious. Callum Borchers, Washington Post, "Mueller keeps tightening the screws on Paul Manafort," 15 June 2018 Watson, 39, rose from that inauspicious start to become one of the best players in the world. Gary D'amato, Milwaukee Journal Sentinel, "D'Amato: Golf and parenthood define Bubba Watson," 22 May 2018 The playoffs got off to an inauspicious beginning Tuesday for the Corona del Mar High boys' lacrosse team at home. Matt Szabo,, "CdM boys' lacrosse routs Corona Santiago to move into playoff quarterfinals," 2 May 2018 Jameis Winston's fourth season with the Buccaneers is off to an inauspicious start after the former No. Jim Reineking, USA TODAY, "Buccaneers training camp questions: Can Jameis Winston bounce back from suspension?," 5 July 2018 That suggests Snap’s second year may prove at least as inauspicious as its first. Elizabeth Winkler, WSJ, "Snap’s Winning Streak Ends at One," 1 May 2018 The second annual Outlier's Guild Custom Motorcycle show will convene Saturday, slightly less than a year since its somewhat inauspicious inaugural event. Charles Fleming,, "Outlier’s Guild motorcycle show cruises back to downtown L.A.," 30 Mar. 2018 Despite the benedictions, the ship’s maiden voyage has gotten off to a rather inauspicious start. Amy B Wang, Washington Post, "The Navy built a ‘fast, agile’ warship for $440M. It’s been stuck in ice since Christmas Eve.," 22 Jan. 2018

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First Known Use of inauspicious

1592, in the meaning defined above

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English Language Learners Definition of inauspicious

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

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