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  • It is not to be wondered at, that a government instituted in times so inauspicious, should on experiment be found greatly deficient and inadequate to the purpose it was intended to answer.
    John Jay  --  Federalist Papers
  • "What a depressing and inauspicious end to our adventures," said Horace.
    Ransom Riggs  --  Hollow City
  • He was almost as good as his word, although the next three days proved inauspicious for the flight first because of a cloud cover at ground level, and secondly because the ski-equipped plane had developed a severe limp as a result of the collapse of one of the hydraulic cylinders of the landing gear.
    Farley Mowat  --  Never Cry Wolf
  • It was an inauspicious beginning.
    Patrick Rothfuss  --  The Name of the Wind

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  • My adoptive family, I learned right away, had an ancient lineage of apothecaries, who had ventured into stricken villages and had for unknown reasons determined to keep the name, however inauspicious it was.
    Chang-rae Lee  --  A Gesture Life
  • My relationship with Zeke Skimberry and his family started slowly and inauspiciously but gathered momentum and intimacy as the year passed.
    Pat Conroy  --  The Water is Wide
  • And in my case, it started inauspiciously.
    Marcus Luttrell  --  Lone Survivor
  • He began to reflect upon the events that had passed; they were numerous and inauspicious.
    Alexandre Dumas  --  The Three Musketeers
  • And it had begun in a most inauspicious fashion.
    Dan Brown  --  Angels & Demons
  • Finding it so directly on the threshold of our narrative, which is now about to issue from that inauspicious portal, we could hardly do otherwise than pluck one of its flowers, and present it to the reader.
    Nathaniel Hawthorne  --  The Scarlet Letter

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  • It was inauspicious.
    Victor Hugo  --  Les Miserables
  • For fear of that I still will stay with thee, And never from this palace of dim night Depart again: here, here will I remain With worms that are thy chambermaids: O, here Will I set up my everlasting rest; And shake the yoke of inauspicious stars From this world-wearied flesh.
    William Shakespeare  --  Romeo and Juliet
  • Our people agreed and would have granted these, but Zeus by inauspicious omens changed their minds.
    Homer  --  The Iliad
  • In one part, carcases of houses, inauspiciously begun and never finished, rotted away.
    Charles Dickens  --  David Copperfield
  • Tales abound of one or another climber who decided to remain in his or her sleeping bag after detecting some inauspicious vibe in the ether and thereby survived a catastrophe that wiped out others who failed to heed the portents.
    Jon Krakauer  --  Into Thin Air
  • One inauspicious circumstance there was, which awakened a hardly concealed displeasure in the breasts of a few of the more punctilious visitors.
    Nathaniel Hawthorne  --  The House of the Seven Gables
  • What I meant was that the place you chose was so horrid—I suppose I ought not to say horrid—I mean gloomy and inauspicious in its associations….
    Thomas Hardy  --  Jude the Obscure
  • The meeting had an inauspicious beginning.
    Nelson Mandela  --  Long Walk to Freedom
  • ’To praise children is inauspicious, or I could listen to this talk.
    Rudyard Kipling  --  Kim
  • The amounts are for one hundred and one dollars, two hundred and one dollars, occasionally three hundred and one dollars, as Bengalis consider it inauspicious to give round figures.
    Jhumpa Lahiri  --  The Namesake
  • The November trip started off inauspiciously.
    Ann Petry  --  Harriet Tubman
  • It was evident that they did not like the outlook of a voyage under such a captain and begun so inauspiciously.
    Jack London  --  Sea Wolf
  • ’So delighted,’ said Mrs Merdle, ’to resume an acquaintance so inauspiciously begun at Martigny.’
    Charles Dickens  --  Little Dorrit
  • Two months after Colleen arrived home I celebrated my fortieth birthday in a most inauspicious manner, namely, by myself.
    John Grogan  --  Marley & Me
  • It is not to be wondered at, that a government instituted in times so inauspicious, should on experiment be found greatly deficient and inadequate to the purpose it was intended to answer.
    Alexander Hamilton, James Madison, & John Jay  --  The Federalist Papers
  • "In the face of much adverse comment and good reasons not to go," the editorial went on to say, "President Kennedy is proceeding with his trip to Europe at a most inauspicious time."
    Bill O’Reilly and Martin Dugard  --  Killing Kennedy
  • Hence, likewise, they will avoid the necessity of those overgrown military establishments which, under any form of government, are inauspicious to liberty, and which are to be regarded as particularly hostile to republican liberty.
    George Washington  --  Washington’s Farewell Address
  • Remember, my child, it was in our very infancy; we had neither mills, nor grain, nor roads, nor often clearings; we had nothing of increase but the mouths that were to be fed: for even at that inauspicious moment the restless spirit of emigration was not idle; nay, the general scarcity which extended to the East tended to increase the number of adventurers.
    James Fenimore Cooper  --  The Pioneers
  • If my pardon be complete, we shall return triumphant to Yanina; if the news be inauspicious, we must fly this night.
    Alexandre Dumas  --  The Count of Monte Cristo
  • Inauspicious.
    Ian McEwan  --  Atonement
  • Chapter Sixteen — AN INAUSPICIOUS START
    Tim Tebow  --  Through My Eyes
  • And, therefore, since we have been unfortunate enough to introduce our heroine at so inauspicious a juncture, we would entreat for a mood of due solemnity in the spectators of her fate.
    Nathaniel Hawthorne  --  The House of the Seven Gables
  • Luther, according to the scandal of his monkish enemies, was a brat of that hellish breed; nor was Pearl the only child to whom this inauspicious origin was assigned among the New England Puritans.
    Nathaniel Hawthorne  --  The Scarlet Letter
  • Nevertheless, whether or no it were entirely owing to the inauspicious commencement of their acquaintance, she still acted under a certain reserve, which was by no means customary to her frank and genial nature.
    Nathaniel Hawthorne  --  The House of the Seven Gables
  • For an active, ambitious nature, like that of Milady, days not spent in climbing are inauspicious days.
    Alexandre Dumas  --  The Three Musketeers
  • In every outward way, the time seemed inauspicious for negotiations.
    Nelson Mandela  --  Long Walk to Freedom
  • On that little shape had converged all the inauspiciousness and shadow which had darkened the first union of Jude, and all the accidents, mistakes, fears, errors of the last.
    Thomas Hardy  --  Jude the Obscure
  • A wise nation will combine all these considerations; and, whilst it does not rashly preclude itself from any resource which may become essential to its safety, will exert all its prudence in diminishing both the necessity and the danger of resorting to one which may be inauspicious to its liberties.
    Alexander Hamilton, James Madison, & John Jay  --  The Federalist Papers
  • She was in tears, and, strange as it was, in spite of the emotions he felt at the sight of these tears, he looked also at Madame de Villefort, and it appeared to him as if a slight gloomy smile had passed over her thin lips, like a meteor seen passing inauspiciously between two clouds in a stormy sky.
    Alexandre Dumas  --  The Count of Monte Cristo
  • He had arrived, revolving many wild schemes, on the heels of a thunderstorm which had split a pine over against their camp, and so convinced a dozen or two forcibly impressed baggage-coolies the day was inauspicious for farther travel that with one accord they had thrown down their loads and jibbed.
    Rudyard Kipling  --  Kim
  • In fact (not to attribute the whole gloom of sky and earth to the one inauspicious circumstance of Phoebe’s departure), an easterly storm had set in, and indefatigably apply itself to the task of making the black roof and walls of the old house look more cheerless than ever before.
    Nathaniel Hawthorne  --  The House of the Seven Gables
  • No one who had seen the magistrate at this moment, so thoroughly unnerved by the recent inauspicious combination of circumstances, would have supposed for an instant that he had anticipated the annoyance; although it certainly never had occurred to him that his father would carry candor, or rather rudeness, so far as to relate such a history.
    Alexandre Dumas  --  The Count of Monte Cristo
  • To secure the full effect of so fundamental a provision against all evasion and subterfuge, it is necessary that its construction should be committed to that tribunal which, having no local attachments, will be likely to be impartial between the different States and their citizens, and which, owing its official existence to the Union, will never be likely to feel any bias inauspicious to the principles on which it is founded.
    Alexander Hamilton, James Madison, & John Jay  --  The Federalist Papers
  • "Monsieur Madeleine," resumed Fauchelevent, "you have arrived at a very auspicious moment, I mean to say a very inauspicious moment; one of the ladies is very ill.
    Victor Hugo  --  Les Miserables
  • * Scott, of course: "The son of an ill-fated sire, and the father of a yet more unfortunate family, bore in his looks that cast of inauspicious melancholy by which the physiognomists of that time pretended to distinguish those who were predestined to a violent and unhappy death.
    Alexandre Dumas  --  The Count of Monte Cristo
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