[pruh-pish-uh s]
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  1. presenting favorable conditions; favorable: propitious weather.
  2. indicative of favor; auspicious: propitious omens.
  3. favorably inclined; disposed to bestow favors or forgive: propitious gods.

Origin of propitious

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 formspro·pi·tious·ly, adverbpro·pi·tious·ness, nounun·pro·pi·tious, adjectiveun·pro·pi·tious·ly, adverbun·pro·pi·tious·ness, noun Unabridged Based on the Random House Unabridged Dictionary, © Random House, Inc. 2018

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Historical Examples of propitiously

  • 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

British Dictionary definitions for propitiously


  1. favourable; auguring well
  2. gracious or favourably inclined
Derived Formspropitiously, adverbpropitiousness, noun

Word Origin for propitious

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.

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