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inauspicious adj
1 not auspicious; boding ill [syn: unfortunate] [ant: auspicious]
2 contrary to your interests or welfare; "adverse circumstances"; "made a place for themselves under the most untoward conditions" [syn: adverse, harmful, untoward]
3 presaging ill-fortune; "ill omens"; "ill predictions"; "my words with inauspicious thunderings shook heaven"- P.B.Shelley; "a dead and ominous silence prevailed"; "a by-election at a time highly unpropitious for the Government" [syn: ill, ominous]

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  1. Not auspicious; ill-omened; unfortunate; unlucky; unfavorable.
    • 1595: And shake the yoke of inauspicious stars. — Shakespeare, Romeo and Juliet, V,iii.
    • Inauspicious love. — Dryden.
    • 1788: 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. — Publius, Federalist, II.

Synonyms, Antonyms and Related Words

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