Definition of auspicious in English:



  • 1Conducive to success; favourable.

    ‘it was not the most auspicious moment to hold an election’
    • ‘It comes into my life at an auspicious moment, as I will be hitting the road on Sunday.’
    • ‘At the auspicious moment the dignitaries press the button to officially launch the plant.’
    • ‘"The 10th, the 12th, and the 18th are appropriately auspicious dates on the Chinese calendar, " he said.’
    • ‘This isn't an auspicious time to make solid promises or definite commitments - or expect them from anyone else.’
    • ‘So maybe this isn't the most auspicious moment for trying to get everybody to get along.’
    • ‘The astronomers' observations were used to divine auspicious moments for many different kinds of activity, from farming to warfare.’
    • ‘Timing is terribly important in the book trade and the publishers might have chosen to hold it back until a more auspicious moment.’
    • ‘For Hindus, it is important that a child be born at an auspicious time.’
    • ‘Until the end of February, cloud cover is quite intense - not an auspicious time therefore to be conducting flight sorties or reconnaissance missions.’
    • ‘Because he sensed this was an auspicious moment, my father came around to the front entrance of the house, and my mother, who was in the courtyard, heard him enter.’
    • ‘These are not auspicious conditions either for future sales or the supply of ambitious workers.’
    • ‘While all wait for the auspicious moment to tie the knot, these bureaus are always on the move.’
    • ‘Your mail comes at a most auspicious moment, and the precise nature of your inquiry saves me from the rigmarole of empty theory.’
    • ‘It was not an auspicious moment to make their dream a reality.’
    • ‘It was a sweltering spring bank holiday, and he had not had long to prepare for such an auspicious moment.’
    • ‘‘This is an auspicious moment for our company,’ says its co-founder.’
    • ‘Many wait for the most astrologically auspicious moment, which is 12: 59 pm on Wednesday, July 30.’
    • ‘It was the end of an auspicious era for one of Scotland's most successful, if unheralded, sportsmen.’
    • ‘As mum and dad took photographs or recorded the auspicious moment on the camcorder, the youngsters played happily and tentative new friendships were formed.’
    • ‘Destiny plays a significant role at this point as the right people and opportunities come at an auspicious time when you are ready to take them on.’
    favourable, propitious, promising, full of promise, bright, rosy, good, optimistic, hopeful, encouraging
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    1. 1.1 Giving or being a sign of future success.
      ‘they said it was an auspicious moon—it was rising’
      • ‘The story said that fire was the auspicious element responsible for the success of the Han Dynasty.’
      • ‘But since the process is 85% successful, the omens are auspicious.’
      • ‘His auspicious debut might have given him the leverage to realize some of his grander plans.’
      • ‘I do think it is an auspicious sign that women can vote and run for office.’
      • ‘108 is an auspicious, lucky number in Indian spiritual tradition.’
      • ‘It was certainly an auspicious start, and most merchants are hopeful that the worst is behind them, and that there will be better days ahead.’
      • ‘The lowest layer contains rice or wheat flour, the second layer has clothes and jewellery, and on the top layer are items with auspicious meanings such as dates and walnuts, together with the formal letter of engagement.’
      • ‘But auspicious beginnings are not always reliable predictors of sustained success.’
      • ‘You go to a fortune teller who decides on a more lucky or more auspicious name and has it engraved on your spoon.’
      • ‘These ‘lucky’ dollar bills have auspicious serial numbers and come in colored folders.’
      • ‘Guests are greeted with an oversized image of the moon maiden and tables have an infusion of auspicious red for linen.’
      • ‘An auspicious sign of record label interest might be when the company boss starts offering to carry your gear.’
      • ‘The omens look auspicious for Ainslie to repeat his 2000 success and inspire a British gold haul.’
      • ‘Such timely rainfall is considered very auspicious in our religious tradition.’
      • ‘The banana is an auspicious plant in India, a sign of prosperity and fertility, and occupies a prominent part in the traditional decorations in any function.’
      • ‘Despite its auspicious and promising beginning, the Public Broadcasting Service largely has failed its congressional mandate.’
      • ‘The patterns displayed the dragon, the phoenix, cranes and magpies, all auspicious animals representing nobility, luck, fortune and longevity.’
    2. 1.2archaic Characterized by success; prosperous.
      ‘he was respectful to his auspicious customers’


Late 16th century: from auspice + -ous.