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inauspicious

in·aus·pi·cious

inauspicious

pronunciation:
In aw spI shs
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part of speech: adjective
definition: showing little or no promise of success; unfavorable.
an inauspicious start to the new year
antonyms:
auspicious, promising, propitious
similar words:
contrary, ill, ill-omened, unfavorable, unlikely, unlucky
derivations: inauspiciously (adv.), inauspiciousness (n.)
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The word inauspicious contains the following parts:
in-2 Latin prefix that means not, without
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The prefix in-2 occurs in Latin loanwords and attaches to Latinate bases. The bases of most words prefixed with in-2 are independent adjectives (inadvertent , incognizant ), although the base adjective may no longer be in widespread use (as with incessant ). Exceptions include iniquitous and indignant . -in2 has multiple forms, as the 'n' sound in in-2 assimilates to the initial sound of the base to which it is attached. See the assimilated forms ig-, il-2, im-2, and ir-2.