I always knew the word auspicious. A colleague of mine used the word auspicial and I thought this was a spelling mistake.

I made a search and am seeing it in a lot of dictionaries.

Does anyone know the etymology of this word?

  • Because we dropped auspicatory somewhere along the way - unlike with propitiate, where we still have all three forms. (Most dictionaries list it as archaic.) – Phil Sweet Oct 10 '19 at 22:27

Auspicial appears to be a less common variant of auspicious.

origin of auspicial:

1605–15; < Latin auspici(um) auspice + -al

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