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- In an unpropitious manner; inauspiciously.
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- adverb in an inauspicious manner
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But the boat he chartered, the unpropitiously named Mal di Testa—"headache" in Italian—capsized and was abandoned, Ms. Cook said.
A Solo Seafarer, Armed Only With Oars Stephen Miller 2012
So, unpropitiously, my acquaintance with Mr. Skelmersdale began.
Twelve Stories and a Dream, by H. G. Wells Herbert George 2006
The Chancellor, more relieved than he would have acknowledged, reflected before a fire and over a glass of hot milk that he was rather unpropitiously bringing Karl a bride!
Long Live the King! Mary Roberts Rinehart 1917
It had begun, unpropitiously, with something very like a dispute between
Mr. Waddington of Wyck May Sinclair 1904
But certain events befell unpropitiously at a time when the baron was most certain of his conquest; at the very time, indeed, when he had determined to open his suit definitely by extending a proposal to the young lady through the orthodox medium of her nearest male relative.
The Spenders A Tale of the Third Generation Harry Leon Wilson 1903
He did not wait to continue a conversation so unpropitiously begun, but went off on a lonely exploring tramp along the shore.
An Algonquin Maiden A Romance of the Early Days of Upper Canada A. Ethelwyn Wetherald 1898
He afterwards wrote an account of this first meeting, which is interesting because of the closer relationship to which an acquaintance so unpropitiously begun was to lead.
Mary Wollstonecraft Elizabeth Robins Pennell 1895
On the left wing of the Christian fleet, the battle, which had begun so unpropitiously, was also brought to a prosperous issue.
The Great Events by Famous Historians, Volume 10 John [Editor] Rudd 1885
But no king could have managed worse than he, no king could be more unfortunately and unpropitiously placed; and his own imprudence and folly hastened the catastrophe.
The day that opened so unpropitiously, closed upon him, a ruined man!
The Wedding Guest 1847