Auspicious Aus*pi"cious, a. [See {Auspice}.] 1. Having omens or tokens of a favorable issue; giving promise of success, prosperity, or happiness; predicting good; as, an auspicious beginning. [1913 Webster]

Auspicious union of order and freedom. --Macaulay. [1913 Webster]

2. Prosperous; fortunate; as, auspicious years. ``Auspicious chief.'' --Dryden. [1913 Webster]

3. Favoring; favorable; propitious; -- applied to persons or things. ``Thy auspicious mistress.'' --Shak. ``Auspicious gales.'' --Pope. [1913 Webster]

Syn: See {Propitious}. [1913 Webster] -- {Aus*pi"cious*ly}, adv. -- {Aus*pi"cious*ness}, n. [1913 Webster]

The Collaborative International Dictionary of English. 2000.


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