One entry found for auspicious
Main Entry: aus·pi·cious
Etymology: from Latin auspicium
"reading the future from the flight of birds" and English -ous
promising success : FAVORABLE
beginning>2 : SUCCESSFUL
1, prosperous <has been an auspicious
- aus·pi·cious·ly adverb
- aus·pi·cious·ness nounWord History
In ancient Rome the flight of birds was thought to be a sign from the gods. If a bird swooped down or soared up, it might mean good or bad luck for a person. But only special people were thought to be able to read these signs. Such a person was called in Latin an auspex,
meaning literally "bird observer." The word was formed from Latin avis,
meaning "bird," and the Latin verb specere,
meaning "to see." The art of predicting the future in this way came to be called auspicium.
A reading of bird actions was taken each time a person or the state was about to take an important step, such as marriage, a new business, or war. The word was taken into English by borrowing the Latin stem auspici-
and adding the adjective suffix -ous.
could mean either good news or bad news, when auspicious
came to be used in English, it was always used of something favorable.