- 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 propitiously
Marjorie's first day of school had begun far from propitiously.Marjorie Dean High School Freshman
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
- favourable; auguring well
- gracious or favourably inclined
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.