[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.

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. 2019

Related Words for unpropitious

adverse, antagonistic, contrary, ill, inauspicious, ominous, threatening

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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 unpropitious

c.1600 (implied in unpropitiously), from un- (1) "not" + propitious.



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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