Definitions

from The American Heritage® Dictionary of the English Language, 4th Edition

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

from Wiktionary, Creative Commons Attribution/Share-Alike License

  • adj. Of good omen; indicating future success.
  • adj. Conducive to success.
  • adj. Marked by success; prosperous.

from the GNU version of the Collaborative International Dictionary of English

  • adj. Having omens or tokens of a favorable issue; giving promise of success, prosperity, or happiness; predicting good.
  • adj. Prosperous; fortunate.
  • adj. Favoring; favorable; propitious; -- applied to persons or things.

from The Century Dictionary and Cyclopedia

  • Of good omen; betokening success, or a favorable issue; prognosticating good; favorable.
  • Prosperous; fortunate: applied to persons.
  • Favorable; kind; propitious: applied to persons or things.
  • Showing joy; happy.
  • Synonyms Bright, golden, lucky, promising. See propitious.

from WordNet 3.0 Copyright 2006 by Princeton University. All rights reserved.

  • adj. auguring favorable circumstances and good luck

Etymologies

From auspice +‎ -ious, from Latin auspicium ("augury"), from Latin auspex ("augur"), possibly via French. (Wiktionary)

Examples

  • “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.

    Wake Up, Sir!

  • 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.

    Manifesting Michelangelo

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

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  • 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.

    Primary Sources

  • 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.

    Primary Sources

  • So he obeyed him and ate with him, and all the while the King invoked blessings on Marzawan and said, “How auspicious is thy coming, O my son!”

    The Book of The Thousand Nights And A Night

  • There are again auspicious beginnings … except my boss, [the P.D. who hired him], is completely unstable and ends up punching out a consultant, and gets fired.

    Host

  • They also believe as firmly as the Chinese do in auspicious and inauspicious days, spells, magic, and a species of astrology.

    The Golden Chersonese and the Way Thither

  • I thought the name auspicious in bringing to close yesterday's events, and though I was slightly out of breath, I managed to declare the site "Rangzen La", before driving on.

    The Full Feed from HuffingtonPost.com

  • Mr Salmond said that Mr Brown probably wasn't aware of how "auspicious" - his word, not mine - was yesterday's timing and on that he is almost certainly correct.

    Telegraph.co.uk: news, business, sport, the Daily Telegraph newspaper, Sunday Telegraph

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  • One of the Dali Lama's advisors used this word when they were talking about the date for his enthronement.

    June 12, 2012