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 The UConn football offseason got off to an inauspicious start last week as a wave of players took to their social media accounts to announce their intention to transfer. Chris Brodeur,, "UConn Insider podcast: A requiem for 2019 Husky football," 12 Dec. 2019 But Paxton quickly brushed off the inauspicious start, holding steady after Hicks helped provide a 4-1 lead in the bottom half of the first inning. James Wagner, New York Times, "How the Yankees Beat the Astros in Game 5 of the A.L.C.S.," 18 Oct. 2019 From that inauspicious beginning, ASU held, forcing Oregon to punt, gave up a touchdown on the next possession then held the Ducks scoreless for the remainder of the first half. Jeff Metcalfe, azcentral, "ASU improved start, despite just 10 men on the field, leads to successful finish," 25 Nov. 2019 Such sites are considered inauspicious and considered detrimental to one’s spiritual well-being. Eilzabeth Owens-schiele,, "Proposed site for veterans columbarium cemetery in South Barrington draws opposition from some residents," 12 Nov. 2019 The coming year will see an inauspicious milestone. The Economist, "China’s median age will soon overtake America’s," 2 Nov. 2019 And five months after that inauspicious opener, Memorial Coliseum was crammed with 11,140 fans as the Blazers defeated the Seattle SuperSonics 135-128 in the final home game of the debut season. Joe Freeman, oregonlive, "From humble beginnings to Blazermania: Portland Trail Blazers embark on 50th season," 23 Oct. 2019 That is an inauspicious backdrop for a large and potentially growing investment in Mediobanca. Chris Hughes | Bloomberg, Washington Post, "Watch Out, Billionaire Del Vecchio Is Meddling," 16 Oct. 2019 Plunging stock prices, sagging valuations and a spotty regulatory landscape are other inauspicious signs the industry is taking a beating. Aj Willingham, CNN, "5 things to know for October 11: Impeachment inquiry, Brexit, NBA controversy," 11 Oct. 2019

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First Known Use of inauspicious

1592, in the meaning defined above

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11 Jan 2020

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“Inauspicious.” The Dictionary, Merriam-Webster Inc., Accessed 20 January 2020.

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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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not to be intimidated or subdued

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