[pruh-pish-uh s]


presenting favorable conditions; favorable: propitious weather.
indicative of favor; auspicious: propitious omens.
favorably inclined; disposed to bestow favors or forgive: propitious gods.

Nearby words

  1. propionic acid,
  2. propionicacidemia,
  3. propitiate,
  4. propitiation,
  5. propitiatory,
  6. propitiously,
  7. propjet,
  8. propjet engine,
  9. proplastid,
  10. propman

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

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British Dictionary definitions for propitiously



favourable; auguring well
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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