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  • Two months after Colleen arrived home I celebrated my fortieth birthday in a most inauspicious manner, namely, by myself.†   (source)
  • 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.†   (source)
  • The meeting had an inauspicious beginning.†   (source)
  • 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.†   (source)
  • The November trip started off inauspiciously.†   (source)
  • 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.†   (source)
  • My relationship with Zeke Skimberry and his family started slowly and inauspiciously but gathered momentum and intimacy as the year passed.†   (source)
  • 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.   (source)
    inauspicious = not promising
  • But all the names with 'Mame' turned out to be inauspicious for me, according to the fortune-teller.†   (source)
  • In every outward way, the time seemed inauspicious for negotiations.†   (source)
  • All the combinations involving an element from Mameha's name, unfortunately, had been pronounced inauspicious by the fortune-teller.†   (source)
  • In one part, carcases of houses, inauspiciously begun and never finished, rotted away.†   (source)
  • 'So delighted,' said Mrs Merdle, 'to resume an acquaintance so inauspiciously begun at Martigny.'†   (source)
  • 'To praise children is inauspicious, or I could listen to this talk.†   (source)
  • He began to reflect upon the events that had passed; they were numerous and inauspicious.†   (source)
  • 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...But isn't it funny to begin like this, when I don't know you yet?†   (source)
  • It was evident that they did not like the outlook of a voyage under such a captain and begun so inauspiciously.†   (source)
  • 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.†   (source)
  • If my pardon be complete, we shall return triumphant to Yanina; if the news be inauspicious, we must fly this night.'†   (source)
  • One inauspicious circumstance there was, which awakened a hardly concealed displeasure in the breasts of a few of the more punctilious visitors.†   (source)
  • 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.†   (source)
  • It was inauspicious.†   (source)
  • 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.†   (source)
  • For an active, ambitious nature, like that of Milady, days not spent in climbing are inauspicious days.†   (source)
  • 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.†   (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)
  • * 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."†   (source)
  • 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.†   (source)
  • 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.†   (source)
  • 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.†   (source)
  • 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.†   (source)
  • Our people agreed and would have granted these, but Zeus by inauspicious omens changed their minds.†   (source)
  • 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.†   (source)
  • 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.   (source)
    inauspicious = unfavorable
  • 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.†   (source)
  • 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.†   (source)
  • 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.†   (source)
  • 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.   (source)
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