- 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
Examples from the Web for propitious
Just as clearly, this is a propitious moment for the Clinton magic to work its charms on a uniquely receptive audience.How to Revive The Peace Process: A Modest Proposal
Letty Cottin Pogrebin
May 9, 2012
If, as they say, timing is everything, then Lawrence reached the Supreme Court at a propitious moment indeed.The Real Story of Lawrence v. Texas Revealed in ‘Flagrant Conduct’
Kirk Davis Swinehart
March 28, 2012
The coincidence was interpreted by Casanova as a propitious sign.Casanova's Homecoming
The occasion of the Duke's visit to Cesena will be, of all, the most propitious for our purpose.The Shame of Motley
The offerings for crossing the frontier were propitious, and he pushed on to Tegea.Hellenica
The moment might be propitious to the pretender, however false his claim.The Historical Nights Entertainment, Second Series
Everything was propitious for their enterprise but the weather.Sir Henry Morgan, Buccaneer
Cyrus Townsend Brady
- favourable; auguring well
- gracious or favourably inclined
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.