Auspicious



promising success; propitious; opportune; favorable:
an auspicious occasion.
favored by fortune; prosperous; fortunate.
Contemporary Examples

I keep an auspicious fortune cookie message in my wallet: “All your sorrows will vanish.”
Blake Bailey: How I Write Noah Charney March 19, 2013

It may yet live up to that hope, but it cannot be said to have begun in the most auspicious style.
Europe’s Soccer Championships Kick Off Amid Sideline Drama Alex Massie June 7, 2012

Brown, a good listener and a close observer, predicted that an auspicious political future lay ahead for young Elian.
Jerry Brown’s Castro Trouble A. L. Bardach October 4, 2010

The facts on the ground are anything but auspicious for America injecting itself into an intra-Arab morass.
Obama’s Syrian “Red Line” Could Return Us To The Mistakes of Iraq Lloyd Green May 4, 2013

The facts on the ground are anything but auspicious for America injecting itself into an intra-Arab morass, writes Lloyd Green.
Obama’s Syrian “Red Line” Could Return Us To The Mistakes of Iraq Lloyd Green May 4, 2013

Historical Examples

Augustine skilfully seized the auspicious moment; she threw herself into her husband’s arms, and pointed to the portrait.
At the Sign of the Cat and Racket Honore de Balzac

Certainly it was not an auspicious beginning for Scottie Macdougal.
Way of the Lawless Max Brand

On this auspicious occasion the clerk of the weather had granted the hostess an especially fine day.
The Bishop’s Secret Fergus Hume

We have begun it under circumstances of the most auspicious nature.
Christopher Columbus and His Monument Columbia Various

And, O sinless one, listen to the auspicious words that I will now speak to thee.
The Mahabharata of Krishna-Dwaipayana Vyasa Bk. 3 Pt. 2 Translated by Kisari Mohan Ganguli

adjective
favourable or propitious
(archaic) prosperous or fortunate
adj.

1590s, “of good omen” (implied in auspiciously), from Latin auspicium “divination by observing the flight of birds,” from auspex (genitive auspicis) + -ous.

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