Definition of inauspicious in English:



  • 1Not conducive to success; unpromising.

    ‘following this inauspicious start the British, outnumbered, withdrew’
    • ‘Despite its inauspicious beginnings, the pair of them had an unorthodox, but happy marriage that lasted until Charlotte's death in 1943.’
    • ‘However, despite such inauspicious beginnings, by Act 2 Noel has successfully infiltrated the upper echelons of society and seems set for success.’
    • ‘However, in the hands of Scots director Saul Metzstein and writer Jack Lothian, the inauspicious subject matter is neatly woven into a slow-burning comic gem.’
    • ‘It is a good subject for a boardroom chat, but an inauspicious one for a magazine article.’
    • ‘I suppose I should have expected little more of the day after such an inauspicious start.’
    • ‘His success there attracted the attention of Gothenburg, where, despite that inauspicious start, he became the first Swedish coach to win the Uefa Cup.’
    • ‘The organisers claimed 30,000 delegates from all over Europe, made up of leftists, environmentalists and anti-war campaigners, but as a celebration it got off to an inauspicious start.’
    • ‘This inauspicious start was then followed up by a catalogue of errors and poor service.’
    • ‘The problem with the whole strategy of fighting drugs in prison, however, is that the fight takes place in that most inauspicious of environments: prison.’
    • ‘Torrential rain almost drowned the celebrations as the launch of the Yorkshire Dales National Park's 50th anniversary celebrations got off to an inauspicious start.’
    • ‘Yet out of this inauspicious premise, director Peter Hedges (who also scripted About a Boy and What's Eating Gilbert Grape) has created an extraordinarily fresh and universal film.’
    • ‘Her start in life was inauspicious, enough to put many kids on the downward slope as soon as they were out of nappies.’
    • ‘It was an inauspicious beginning and there were many complaints about cancelled shows and misleading publicity.’
    • ‘‘The beginning was decidedly inauspicious,’ she writes.’
    • ‘This social revolution has taken 50 years to complete but had an inauspicious start.’
    • ‘The dish that arrived resembled a spring roll surrounded by a sauce that had the consistency and colour of custard, but in spite of such an inauspicious start we were both pretty impressed.’
    • ‘Last year, in his first professional season, he made a similarly inauspicious start to the Challenge Tour, missing several cuts, being penalised for being late on the tee, and on one occasion disqualified.’
    • ‘Despite these inauspicious circumstances, it soon became clear that the two shared artistic and personal passions.’
    • ‘Despite an inauspicious damp start to the day, the sun came out as the 1,400 participants gathered for the event, which was held at Broughton Hall, near Skipton.’
    • ‘Her first few weeks are inauspicious - her wardrobe, in which the emphasis is very much on leather, Lycra and PVC, alienates the rest of the female workforce, as does her brutal candour.’
    unpromising, unpropitious, unfavourable, adverse, unfortunate, infelicitous, unhappy, ill-omened, ominous, ill-fated, ill-starred, untoward, untimely, inopportune, disadvantageous
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    1. 1.1 Unlucky.
      ‘this is the inauspicious star of disaster’
      • ‘These female spirits linger near the places where, in life, they met untimely and inauspicious deaths or died childless.’
      • ‘It seemed like quite an inauspicious, dark year at the time, but 1981 was, like 1945, a turning point up from a bottom in some sense.’
      • ‘These ‘genuine shifts in cohesion and cooperation’ the editorialist writes about did not arise from an inauspicious conjunction of the stars.’
      • ‘Oh no, there's nothing inauspicious about your side of the bed.’
      • ‘To say she was superstitious was an understatement - she would book every single Friday 13 th off work, and any day that looked inauspicious on her horoscope.’
      • ‘An indigo base is usually meant for an adult and often signifies an unhappy or inauspicious occasion.’
      • ‘Most influential, however, are the inauspicious occurrences that bode disaster.’
      • ‘But, for many, sadly all snowdrops are to be shunned; like other white flowers, they are often considered inauspicious.’