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  • When Beautiful Moon and I turned six, Mama and Aunt sent for the diviner to find an auspicious date to begin our binding.   (source)
    auspicious = favorable; or suggestive of good things to come
  • It wasn't an auspicious way to begin a war.   (source)
  • As auspicious a start as this was, it would be the high point for Monterrey.   (source)
  • At the time I didn't know much about the Chief Johnson pole or the story of Raven and Fog Woman, but later I learned what an auspicious location my writing office had.   (source)
    auspicious = favorable
  • Brahma wore a purple crown, studded with pulsating amethysts, and he bore in his right hand a scepter mounted with the nine auspicious gems.   (source)
    auspicious = favorable; or suggestive of good things to come
  • Everything was auspicious.   (source)
  • I would not take thee till the time was ripe and auspicious.   (source)
  • We Pashtuns see this as an auspicious sign.†   (source)
  • I did not find this scent auspicious, but I was worried that I smelled odd.†   (source)
  • One Associated Press camera team pressed against the back wall, trying—and failing—to stay out of everyone's way while recording the auspicious moment.†   (source)
  • This first venture outside her new home was not starting out auspiciously for Kit, but as they set out along the road she could not repress her curiosity and bouncing spirits.†   (source)
  • They always said that since an especially auspicious date was chosen to hang the sign, the store has been prosperous for more than thirty years.†   (source)
  • It didn't seem a very auspicious place to start a quest.†   (source)
  • I took it to be an auspicious sign and walked in.†   (source)
  • "Christoffels, my dear associate," Father murmured in his formal, old-fashioned way, "What joy to see you on this—er—auspicious day."†   (source)
  • There would be a place within the temple set aside for prayers for the dead, and days that were auspicious for making such offerings, though this wasn't such a day, and as a foreigner I shouldn't have Radchaai dead to remember.†   (source)
  • With the auspicious attention of a diamond merchant he examined the banana meticulously, dissecting it with a special scalpel, weighing the pieces on a pharmacist's scale, and calculating its breadth with a gunsmith's calipers.†   (source)
  • This is most auspicious.†   (source)
  • Fate has indeed arranged a most auspicious coincidence.†   (source)
  • While this was not the most auspicious place for a meeting of the National Working Committee, it was certainly convenient and the night sped by as I gave him a full account of my arrest, as well as my meetings in Durban.†   (source)
  • The cow and calf called to each other with such soothing and auspicious sounds.†   (source)
  • The air had the feel of some auspicious design.†   (source)
  • Have you ever seen such an auspicious day, my love?†   (source)
  • That ideal weather accompanied the procession day after day was taken as auspicious.†   (source)
  • So why was he sent thousands of miles to do the work another could do just as well and without the elaborate charade of his auspicious arrival?†   (source)
  • The odds of the Lincolns' remaining in the White House on such an auspicious night of celebration are almost nonexistent.†   (source)
  • Yet my first remembered experience with guns was anything but auspicious.†   (source)
  • On the eve of secession, a young lawyer in Shreveport looked forward to "a great cotton slave Republic—with a future the most auspicious that ever waited on earthly government."†   (source)
  • The time was not auspicious for his return.†   (source)
  • Do you mean to say that you tried to run away without checking if the day was auspicious?   (source)
  • "Well," she said after looking at it for a while, "it reads, 'An auspicious day for small changes.'"   (source)
  • sunrise is the most auspicious moment for magic.   (source)
    auspicious = favorable
  • Another was the following Monday, which also happened to be tai-an—the most auspicious day of the six-day Buddhist week.   (source)
    auspicious = favorable; or suggestive of good things to come
  • And with that, she led me across the main avenue to the apartment of Waza-san, her fortune-teller, and set him to work finding auspicious dates for all the various events that would lead up to my debut—such as going to the shrine to announce my intentions to the gods, and having my hair done for the first time, and performing the ceremony that would make sisters of Mameha and me.   (source)
  • "Well, this is a most auspicious beginning," said Vilyak, rolling up the scroll once the signatures were complete.   (source)
  • The Romans would find that auspicious—the first day of the month named for Julius Caesar.†   (source)
  • I expect noon would be an auspicious time tomorrow At the Eolian.†   (source)
  • Besides, Grandma, there's no such thing as an auspicious date.†   (source)
  • As the Sherpas would put it, the tenth is an (auspicious' date for me.†   (source)
  • Besides, the first day of August is most auspicious—the month named after my ancestor Augustus.†   (source)
  • He looked up as if to ascertain that the arrangement of the stars was auspicious.†   (source)
  • "Portals can only appear at auspicious moments," Zia said.†   (source)
  • There's a window of auspicious time starting right now, at eleven thirty, but it won't last long.†   (source)
  • But the next auspicious moment is easy: high noon.†   (source)
  • In one, three adults and two children stood around an infant they had laid at the breast of Aatr—the image being constructed to allow this, its arm crooked under the god's often-sworn-by breasts—hoping for an auspicious destiny, or at least some sign of what the future might hold for the child.†   (source)
  • She rolled her eyes dramatically "If you could recommend an auspicious time and place to look for you, it would make a world of difference...."†   (source)
  • Auspicious for you, perhaps.†   (source)
  • She was feeling faintly L. A. ish and she rolled over on Brian and talked while they were doing it, on and off, sweetness, dearness, blowing the words, sensing an unseen design of completely auspicious things.†   (source)
  • Except for "the old gentleman's" obvious approval of Louisa Catherine, it was not an auspicious beginning.†   (source)
  • The three friends dined together on the auspicious occasion; the factory and the factory wives and children made holiday and dined too; even Bleeding Heart Yard dined and was full of meat.†   (source)
  • I trust I may—ha—hail—this desire,' said Mr Dorrit, in an encouraging and forgiving manner, 'as an auspicious omen.†   (source)
  • The auspicious nuptials take place; the newly married come home to this charming mansion; the lady is received, let us suppose, by Flintwinch.†   (source)
  • When free from the trammels of passion,' Mrs General closed her eyes at the word, as if she could not utter it, and see anybody; 'when occurring with the approbation of near relatives; and when cementing the proud structure of a family edifice; these are usually auspicious events.†   (source)
  • Ah, thought Lily Briscoe, as the conversation took this auspicious turn, and she felt Mrs. Ramsay's gratitude (for Mrs. Ramsay was free now to talk for a moment herself), ah, she thought, but what haven't I paid to get it for you?†   (source)
  • It was under such auspicious circumstances that she started out this morning to look for work.†   (source)
  • Civilization, especially if of the austerer sort, is auspicious to it.†   (source)
  • To plague my day auspicious thou returnest.†   (source)
  • But this made it none the more auspicious, made the situation none less impossible.†   (source)
  • 'At least pay the boy, then: I have no pice with me, and he brought auspicious news.†   (source)
  • 'Doubly auspicious,' chirruped the old lady.†   (source)
  • Born in an auspicious hour, and—but for that colic which, alas!†   (source)
  • 'Upon a Wednesday, and in the morning, to put on new clothes is auspicious,' said Mahbub solemnly.†   (source)
  • The day began auspiciously.†   (source)
  • At the same time, however, there was something suffocating about being locked up in a box together with auspicious chance.†   (source)
  • Hans Castorp was inspired by this meeting, and at the same time he sensed something like a growing anxiety, much like that suffocating feeling of being locked up in a box together with auspicious chance; what was more, the fact that the long-forgotten Pribislav had reappeared up here as Frau Chauchat and had looked at him with Kirghiz eyes made him feel as if he were locked up together with something inevitable and inescapable—an inescapability that both cheered and alarmed him.†   (source)
  • It chanced one morning, while Oliver's affairs were in this auspicious and comfortable state, that Mr. Gamfield, chimney-sweep, went his way down the High Street, deeply cogitating in his mind his ways and means of paying certain arrears of rent, for which his landlord had become rather pressing.†   (source)
  • That, he had been the prisoner's friend, but, at once in an auspicious and an evil hour detecting his infamy, had resolved to immolate the traitor he could no longer cherish in his bosom, on the sacred altar of his country.†   (source)
  • I tell thee, never will dawn a morrow so auspicious as the next, for the deliverance of the noble Saxon race.†   (source)
  • There was an improving party assembled on the auspicious occasion, who knew what everything they had to eat and drink was made of, and how it was imported or exported, and in what quantities, and in what bottoms, whether native or foreign, and all about it.†   (source)
  • Finding that it was impossible to make any impression upon his staunch friend, Arthur Gride, who had prepared himself for some such result before he came, consented with a heavy heart to the proposed treaty, and upon the spot filled up the bond required (Ralph kept such instruments handy), after exacting the condition that Mr Nickleby should accompany him to Bray's lodgings that very hour, and open the negotiation at once, should circumstances appear auspicious and favourable to their designs.†   (source)
  • Hester could not but ask herself whether there had not originally been a defect of truth, courage, and loyalty on her own part, in allowing the minister to be thrown into a position where so much evil was to be foreboded and nothing auspicious to be hoped.†   (source)
  • At this moment, too, to render the appearances generally auspicious, the canoe of Judith was seen floating northward in the broadest part of the lake; having actually passed the scow in the darkness, in obedience to no other power than that of the elements.†   (source)
  • Taking advantage of this auspicious moment, Mr. Guppy presents his friend under the impromptu name of Mr. Weevle and states the object of their visit.†   (source)
  • I read with some joy of the auspicious signs of the coming days, as they glimmer already through poetry and art, through philosophy and science, through church and state.†   (source)
  • "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.†   (source)
  • Hither, on the first morning of my so auspiciously beginning life on my own account, the oldest of the regular boys was summoned to show me my business.†   (source)
  • Compelled, as they were, to await a night sufficiently dark to favor their flight, they were obliged to defer their final attempt till that auspicious moment should arrive; their greatest dread now was lest the stone through which the sentry was doomed to fall should give way before its right time, and this they had in some measure provided against by propping it up with a small beam which they had discovered in the walls through which they had worked their way.†   (source)
  • On the day before it, I received an official note from Wemmick, informing me that Mr. Jaggers would be glad if I would call upon him at five in the afternoon of the auspicious day.†   (source)
  • What I felt, in returning so auspiciously to the old familiar places, I shall not endeavour to describe.†   (source)
  • The auspicious event is always commemorated according to certain forms settled and prescribed by Mr. Bagnet some years since.†   (source)
  • Mrs. Perkins, who has not been for some weeks on speaking terms with Mrs. Piper in consequence for an unpleasantness originating in young Perkins' having "fetched" young Piper "a crack," renews her friendly intercourse on this auspicious occasion.†   (source)
  • I chose an auspicious hour, and—perhaps thy Holy One has heard of the Abbot of the Lung-Cho lamassery.†   (source)
  • He does not deny remedies, but I doubted for the child because of the in-auspicious colour of the bottles.'†   (source)
  • Mahbub had business at Quetta, and there Kim, as Mahbub admitted, earned his keep, and perhaps a little over, by spending four curious days as scullion in the house of a fat Commissariat sergeant, from whose office-box, in an auspicious moment, he removed a little vellum ledger which he copied out—it seemed to deal entirely with cattle and camel sales—by moonlight, lying behind an outhouse, all through one hot night.†   (source)
  • That is auspicious.†   (source)
  • But the day did not close so auspiciously as it began.†   (source)
  • When she told Marianne what she had done, however, her first reply was not very auspicious.†   (source)
  • Then go thou forth; And fortune play upon thy prosperous helm, As thy auspicious mistress!   (source)
  • I find my zenith doth depend upon a most auspicious star   (source)
  • Here stood he in the dark, his sharp sword out,
    Mumbling of wicked charms, conjuring the moon
    To stand auspicious mistress,   (source)
  • O lady Fortune, stand you auspicious!   (source)
    auspicious = favorable
  • Hard elements of unauspicious war, Vain vows to Heav'n, and unavailing care!†   (source)
    standard prefix: The prefix "un-" in unauspicious means not and reverses the meaning of auspicious. This is the same pattern you see in words like unhappy, unknown, and unlucky.
  • you uncivil lady, To whose ingrate and unauspicious altars My soul the faithfull'st offerings hath breathed out That e'er devotion tender'd!†   (source)
  • Let him give leave of speech, that haughty man, Whose pride this unauspicious war began; For whose ambition (let me dare to say, Fear set apart, tho' death is in my way) The plains of Latium run with blood around.†   (source)
  • He saw him once on the auspicious occasion when they broke up the type in the Insuppressible or was it United Ireland, a privilege he keenly appreciated, and, in point of fact, handed him his silk hat when it was knocked off and he said Thank you, excited as he undoubtedly was under his frigid exterior notwithstanding the little misadventure mentioned between the cup and the lip: what's bred in the bone.†   (source)
  • 'My friends,' said he, 'since Fortune shows the way, 'T is fit we should th' auspicious guide obey.†   (source)
  • Signed and sealed on the fourth day of the eighty-ninth moon of your majesty's auspicious reign.†   (source)
  • Proceed, auspicious prince, with glory crown'd, And born to better fates than I have found.†   (source)
  • From that auspicious day, with rites divine, We worship at the hero's holy shrine.†   (source)
  • Meantime, my sire commands to hoist our sails, Lest we should lose the first auspicious gales.†   (source)
  • Therefore our sometime sister, now our queen, Th' imperial jointress to this warlike state, Have we, as 'twere with a defeated joy,— With an auspicious and one dropping eye, With mirth in funeral, and with dirge in marriage, In equal scale weighing delight and dole,— Taken to wife; nor have we herein barr'd Your better wisdoms, which have freely gone With this affair along:—or all, our thanks.†   (source)
  • I'll deliver all; And promise you calm seas, auspicious gales, And sail so expeditious that shall catch Your royal fleet far off.†   (source)
  • the said empire of Blefuscu, and reduce that empire to a province, to be governed by a viceroy from hence, and to destroy and put to death, not only all the Big-endian exiles, but likewise all the people of that empire who would not immediately forsake the Big-endian heresy, he, the said Flestrin, like a false traitor against his most auspicious, serene, imperial majesty, did petition to be excused from the said service, upon pretence of unwillingness to force the consciences, or destroy the liberties and lives of an innocent people.†   (source)
  • we thus invoke, With solemn rites, thy sacred name and pow'r; Bless to both nations this auspicious hour!†   (source)
  • Acoetes watch'd the corpse; whose youth deserv'd The father's trust; and now the son he serv'd With equal faith, but less auspicious care.†   (source)
  • He, for my sake, the raging ocean tried, And wrath of Heav'n, my still auspicious guide, And bore beyond the strength decrepid age supplied.†   (source)
  • He knew his mother's birds; and thus he pray'd: "Be you my guides, with your auspicious aid, And lead my footsteps, till the branch be found, Whose glitt'ring shadow gilds the sacred ground.†   (source)
  • Retir'd alone she found the daring man, And op'd her rosy lips, and thus began: "What none of all the gods could grant thy vows, That, Turnus, this auspicious day bestows.†   (source)
  • Then shall my grateful hands a temple rear To the twin gods, with vows and solemn pray'r; And annual rites, and festivals, and games, Shall be perform'd to their auspicious names.†   (source)
  • Auspicious chief!†   (source)
  • Drances, their chief, who harbor'd in his breast Long hate to Turnus, as his foe profess'd, Broke silence first, and to the godlike man, With graceful action bowing, thus began: "Auspicious prince, in arms a mighty name, But yet whose actions far transcend your fame; Would I your justice or your force express, Thought can but equal; and all words are less.†   (source)
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