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1 having qualities which inspire hope
  • told him she couldn't dance with him just then, but her auspicious smile encouraged him to ask again later

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2 pointing toward a happy outcome
  • began the season with an auspicious win against their strongest football rival

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How is the word auspicious different from other adjectives like it?

The words favorable and propitious are common synonyms of auspicious. While all three words mean "pointing toward a happy outcome," auspicious applies to something taken as a sign or omen promising success before or at the start of an event.

an auspicious beginning

In what contexts can favorable take the place of auspicious?

In some situations, the words favorable and auspicious are roughly equivalent. However, favorable implies that the persons involved are approving or helpful or that the circumstances are advantageous.

favorable weather conditions

When would propitious be a good substitute for auspicious?

The synonyms propitious and auspicious are sometimes interchangeable, but propitious may also apply to beginnings but often implies a continuing favorable condition.

a propitious time for starting a business

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The first known use of auspicious was in 1593

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28 May 2020

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“Auspicious.” Thesaurus, Merriam-Webster, Accessed 4 Jun. 2020.

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