- 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
Related Words for unpropitiousadverse, antagonistic, contrary, ill, inauspicious, ominous, threatening
Examples from the Web for unpropitious
Historical Examples of unpropitious
Victims were sacrificed, and the omens declared not unpropitious.Philothea
Lydia Maria Child
If the weather should be unpropitious the festival was to be in the church vestry.The Rise of Roscoe Paine
Joseph C. Lincoln
Elevation is unpropitious to the display of his more amiable qualities.Glances at Europe
In England, after an unpropitious summer, the remark is often made, "We have had no summer!"Life and Work in Benares and Kumaon, 1839-1877
Our next voyage in the Romulus was unpropitious from the start.The Great White Tribe in Filipinia
Paul T. Gilbert
- favourable; auguring well
- gracious or favourably inclined
Word Origin for 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.