inauspicious

Reaching into your hat to pull out a rabbit and instead removing a sock can seem like an inauspicious start to your magic show. Inauspicious describes something that seems unpromising or unlikely to be successful.

If it's unlucky, badly timed, or it seems to point to an unhappy outcome, it's inauspicious. A dark, stormy sky on the day of a wedding can be seen as inauspicious, and so can an awkward job interview. The opposite of inauspicious is auspicious, which means lucky or promising. Both words come from the Latin auspicium, which has to do with predicting the future by observing the flight of birds.

Definitions of inauspicious
  1. adjective
    not auspicious; boding ill
    synonyms: unfortunate
    unpromising
    unlikely to bring about favorable results or enjoyment
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    Antonyms:
    auspicious
    auguring favorable circumstances and good luck
    bright, hopeful, promising
    full or promise
    fortunate, rosy
    presaging good fortune
    propitious
    presenting favorable circumstances; likely to result in or show signs of success
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  2. adjective
    presaging ill fortune
    “"my words with inauspicious thunderings shook heaven"- P.B.Shelley”
    synonyms: ill, ominous
    unpropitious
    not propitious
  3. adjective
    contrary to your interests or welfare
    synonyms: adverse, untoward
    unfavorable, unfavourable
    not encouraging or approving or pleasing
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