Use the adjective auspicious for a favorable situation or set of conditions. If you start a marathon by falling flat on your face, that's not an auspicious start.

  • Pronunciation: / ɔ'spɪʃəs/
  • English Description: presenting favorable circumstances; likely to result in or show signs of success
  • Chinese Translation: 吉利的(ji2 li4 de)
  • Spanish Translation: prometedor
  • STORY: If something seems likely to bring success — either because it creates favorable conditions or you just consider it a lucky sign — label it auspicious. The word is related to auspice, "a divine omen," an old word with a colorful history. In Latin, an auspex was a person who observed the flight of birds to predict things about the future. Luckily, you no longer have to be a bird-watching fortune-teller to guess whether something is auspicious or not.


  • It was an auspicious offensive showing from a lineup that appears to be beginning to stretch its legs.
  • It is appearing at a time that is highly auspicious for four main reasons:

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