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[pruh-pish-uh s] /prəˈpɪʃ əs/
presenting favorable conditions; favorable:
propitious weather.
indicative of favor; auspicious:
propitious omens.
favorably inclined; disposed to bestow favors or forgive:
propitious gods.
Origin of propitious
late Middle English
1400-50; late Middle English propicius < Latin propitius favorably inclined, propitious, probably equivalent to pro- pro-1 + -pit-, combining form of petere to head for, resort to, solicit + -ius adj. suffix; see -ous
Related forms
propitiously, adverb
propitiousness, noun
unpropitious, adjective
unpropitiously, adverb
unpropitiousness, noun Unabridged
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  • All the candles had burned flush to the ground-another propitious sign.
  • But in humanity as in nature there are some moments more propitious for such a flowering.
  • Communism stirred to life again only when another propitious source of power arose on the political horizon.
  • The times were propitious, and proselytes soon gathered around him.
  • The day was propitious for fine toilettes, and the dramatic effect was brilliant outside.
  • The subject was newsworthy and the moment propitious.
  • Its propitious results are undoubted, and will be more signally manifested when time shall have given to it a wider development.
  • So this obviously a propitious day, with so many birthdays.
  • Never was there a more propitious season for the accomplishment of their purpose.
British Dictionary definitions for propitious


favourable; auguring well
gracious or favourably inclined
Derived Forms
propitiously, adverb
propitiousness, noun
Word Origin
C15: from Latin propitius well disposed, from prope close to
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Word Origin and History for propitious

mid-15c., from Anglo-French propicius, Old French propicius "gracious, favorable, useful" (12c., Modern French propice) and directly from Latin propitius "favorable, kind, gracious, well-disposed" (see propitiation). Earlier English form was propice, from Old French propice. Related: Propitiously.

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