• (adjective): Attended by favorable circumstances; propitious: an auspicious time to ask for a raise in salary. See Synonyms at favorable.
  • (adjective): Marked by success; prosperous.

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  • (adjective): auguring favorable circumstances and good luck; "an auspicious beginning for the campaign"

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Auspicious is a Latin-derived word originally pertaining to the taking of 'auspices' by the augurs of ancient Rome. It may refer to:

Auspicious number in numerology
Eight auspicious symbols; see Ashtamangala
Auspicious wedding date
In English discourse on aspects of Chinese culture, the word \"auspicious\" is a significant concept in:
Chinese New Year
Numbers in Chinese culture
Feng shui
The Song to the Auspicious Cloud, an anthem of the Republic of China
In Tibetan Buddhism:
Great Auspicious Beauty, one of the Seventeen Tantras of Menngagde
In Thai culture:
The Ancient and Auspicious Order of the Nine Gems; see Order of the Nine Gems
The Most Auspicious Order of the Rajamitrabhorn; see Order of the Rajamitrabhorn
The Auspicious Incident, an event in the history of the Ottoman Empire

Example Sentences

  • “Well, that's something of an auspicious start, but that's why they have the phrase auspicious start, because one often starts that way,” I said, trying to cover up my embarrassment for the sloppy turn.

  • In the Tibetan tradition, I later learned, offering a white silk scarf called a khata is an expression of auspicious intentions at the beginning of a relationship.

  • Maniacal laughter from inside the Matthew-Cave seems to indicate that something auspicious is happening.

  • A new study sponsored by the World Bank seems to offer empirical support for this belief: it finds that Vietnamese children born in auspicious years enjoy better health and higher education levels than those born in unlucky years.

  • In a horoscope-conscious society, they argue, children born in auspicious years are more likely to have been planned for, and are more likely to reap the benefits of “favorable financial, psychological, or emotional conditions” than their unplanned-for peers.

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