inauspicious

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

Definition of inauspicious 

: not auspicious an inauspicious start

Keep scrolling for more

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

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, latimes.com, "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, latimes.com, "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

These example sentences are selected automatically from various online news sources to reflect current usage of the word 'inauspicious.' Views expressed in the examples do not represent the opinion of Merriam-Webster or its editors. Send us feedback.

See More

First Known Use of inauspicious

1592, in the meaning defined above

Keep scrolling for more

Learn More about inauspicious

Share inauspicious

Statistics for inauspicious

Last Updated

29 Nov 2018

Look-up Popularity

Time Traveler for inauspicious

The first known use of inauspicious was in 1592

See more words from the same year

Keep scrolling for more

More Definitions for inauspicious

inauspicious

adjective

English Language Learners Definition of inauspicious

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

Keep scrolling for more

More from Merriam-Webster on inauspicious

Rhyming Dictionary: Words that rhyme with inauspicious

Thesaurus: All synonyms and antonyms for inauspicious

Spanish Central: Translation of inauspicious

Nglish: Translation of inauspicious for Spanish Speakers

Comments on inauspicious

What made you want to look up inauspicious? Please tell us where you read or heard it (including the quote, if possible).

WORD OF THE DAY

the figure or shape of a crescent moon

Get Word of the Day daily email!

Test Your Vocabulary

Late Autumn 2018 Words of the Day Quiz

  • frosted-autumn-leaves
  • Which is a synonym of yahoo?
Name That Thing

Test your visual vocabulary with our 10-question challenge!

TAKE THE QUIZ
SCRABBLE® Sprint

Test Your Knowledge - and learn some interesting things along the way.

TAKE THE QUIZ

Love words? Need even more definitions?

Subscribe to America's largest dictionary and get thousands more definitions and advanced search—ad free!