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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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  • Marjorie's first day of school had begun far from propitiously.

  • Everything seemed to be going on so propitiously that Dainty cast her dismal forebodings to the winds.

    Dainty's Cruel Rivals Mrs. Alex McVeigh Miller
  • As if specially for the occasion, there came three days of delightful May weather with a propitiously quiet atmosphere.

  • As the day had begun so propitiously we sat down and had a decent breakfast.

    The Red Battle Flyer Capt. Manfred Freiherr von Richthofen
  • Everything went on propitiously, until, in an hour of woe, it was discovered that the infant Princess could not speak!

    Baron Bruno Louisa Morgan
  • It opened most propitiously and was one of those soft, balmy September days, more like early June than autumn.

    The Cromptons Mary J. Holmes
  • After that the political relations of the two States seemed about to shape themselves most propitiously.

  • But adventures are to the adventurous; and surely this one had started off propitiously enough!

    Nobody Louis Joseph Vance
  • Now the journey, propitiously begun, became more exhilarating, more exciting with each mile flung by.

    Count Bunker J. Storer Clouston
  • My first night in this dismal and strangely ordered house had opened anything but propitiously.

    Lost Man's Lane Anna Katharine Green
British Dictionary definitions for propitiously


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 propitiously



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.

Online Etymology Dictionary, © 2010 Douglas Harper
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