[ pruh-pish-uhs ]
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  1. presenting favorable conditions; favorable: propitious weather.

  2. indicative of favor; auspicious: propitious omens.

  1. 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

Other words from propitious

  • pro·pi·tious·ly, adverb
  • pro·pi·tious·ness, noun
  • un·pro·pi·tious, adjective
  • un·pro·pi·tious·ly, adverb
  • un·pro·pi·tious·ness, noun Unabridged Based on the Random House Unabridged Dictionary, © Random House, Inc. 2023

How to use propitious in a sentence

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

    The Cromptons | Mary J. Holmes
  • Everything went on propitiously, until, in an hour of woe, it was discovered that the infant Princess could not speak!

    Baron Bruno | Louisa Morgan
  • 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

British Dictionary definitions for propitious


/ (prəˈpɪʃəs) /

  1. favourable; auguring well

  2. gracious or favourably inclined

Origin of propitious

C15: from Latin propitius well disposed, from prope close to

Derived forms of propitious

  • propitiously, adverb
  • propitiousness, noun

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