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Definition not auspicious; i.e., showing signs that things will go poorly
  • 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
  • In one part, carcases of houses, inauspiciously begun and never finished, rotted away.
    Charles Dickens  --  David Copperfield
  • 'To praise children is inauspicious, or I could listen to this talk.
    Rudyard Kipling  --  Kim
  • The November trip started off inauspiciously.
    Ann Petry  --  Harriet Tubman
  • 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
  • Chapter Sixteen — AN INAUSPICIOUS START
    Tim Tebow  --  Through My Eyes
  • Two months after Colleen arrived home I celebrated my fortieth birthday in a most inauspicious manner, namely, by myself.
    John Grogan  --  Marley & Me
  • 'So delighted,' said Mrs Merdle, 'to resume an acquaintance so inauspiciously begun at Martigny.'
    Charles Dickens  --  Little Dorrit
  • And it had begun in a most inauspicious fashion.
    Dan Brown  --  Angels & Demons
  • 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
  • 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
  • Our people agreed and would have granted these, but Zeus by inauspicious omens changed their minds.
    Homer  --  The Iliad
  • The meeting had an inauspicious beginning.
    Nelson Mandela  --  Long Walk to Freedom
  • It was an inauspicious beginning.
    Patrick Rothfuss  --  The Name of the Wind
  • And in my case, it started inauspiciously.
    Marcus Luttrell  --  Lone Survivor
  • "What a depressing and inauspicious end to our adventures," said Horace.
    Ransom Riggs  --  Hollow City
  • 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
  • He began to reflect upon the events that had passed; they were numerous and inauspicious.
    Alexandre Dumas  --  The Three Musketeers
  • 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
  • It was inauspicious.
    Victor Hugo  --  Les Miserables

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