propitious


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pro·pi·tious

 (prə-pĭsh′əs)
adj.
1. Presenting favorable circumstances or showing signs of a favorable outcome; auspicious: "Grandmothers consulted almanacs to determine a propitious hour for the betrothal" (Jhumpa Lahiri).
2. Merciful or kindly: a propitious deity.

[Middle English propicius, from Old French propicieux, from Latin propitius; see pet- in Indo-European roots.]

pro·pi′tious·ly adv.
pro·pi′tious·ness n.

propitious

(prəˈpɪʃəs)
adj
1. favourable; auguring well
2. gracious or favourably inclined
[C15: from Latin propitius well disposed, from prope close to]
proˈpitiously adv
proˈpitiousness n

pro•pi•tious

(prəˈpɪʃ əs)

adj.
1. presenting favorable conditions; favorable: propitious weather.
2. indicative of favor; auspicious: propitious omens.
3. favorably disposed: a propitious ruler.
[1400–50; late Middle English propicius < Latin propitius, probably =pro- pro-1 + -pit-, comb. form of petere to head for, resort to, solicit + -ius adj. suffix; see -ous]
pro•pi′tious•ly, adv.
pro•pi′tious•ness, n.
auspicious, propitious - Auspicious implies success in the future, while propitious means favorable conditions are present; auspicious means promising or of good omen—not just special or memorable.
See also related terms for special.
ThesaurusAntonymsRelated WordsSynonymsLegend:
Adj.1.propitious - presenting favorable circumstances; likely to result in or show signs of success; "propitious omens"; "propitious gales speeded us along"; "a propitious alignment of planets for space exploration"
auspicious - auguring favorable circumstances and good luck; "an auspicious beginning for the campaign"
favorable, favourable - (of winds or weather) tending to promote or facilitate; "the days were fair and the winds were favorable"
unpropitious - not propitious

propitious

adjective favourable, timely, promising, encouraging, bright, lucky, fortunate, prosperous, rosy, advantageous, auspicious, opportune, full of promise the most propitious moment to launch the campaign

propitious

adjective
2. Occurring at a fitting or advantageous time:
3. Indicative of future success or full of promise:
Translations

propitious

[prəˈpɪʃəs] ADJpropicio, favorable

propitious

[prəˈpɪʃəs] adj (= favourable) [moment] → propice

propitious

adj, propitiously
advgünstig (to, for für)

propitious

[prəˈpɪʃəs] adjpropizio/a
References in classic literature ?
THE two brightest lights of Theosophy being in the same place at once in company with the Ashes of Madame Blavatsky, an Inquiring Soul thought the time propitious to learn something worth while.
Her answer, therefore, was not propitious, at least not to Elizabeth's wishes, for she was impatient to get home.
Having carefully considered the subject of the above discourses, and wondering within myself whether the present times were propitious to a new prince, and whether there were elements that would give an opportunity to a wise and virtuous one to introduce a new order of things which would do honour to him and good to the people of this country, it appears to me that so many things concur to favour a new prince that I never knew a time more fit than the present.
Let us pause, my fellow-citizens, for one moment, over this melancholy and monitory lesson of history; and with the tear that drops for the calamities brought on mankind by their adverse opinions and selfish passions, let our gratitude mingle an ejaculation to Heaven, for the propitious concord which has distinguished the consultations for our political happiness.
The first few days of the voyage passed prosperously, amid favourable weather and propitious winds, and they soon came in sight of the great Andaman, the principal of the islands in the Bay of Bengal, with its picturesque Saddle Peak, two thousand four hundred feet high, looming above the waters.
Gringoire, a practical philosopher of the streets of Paris, had noticed that nothing is more propitious to revery than following a pretty woman without knowing whither she is going.
At last, Providence being propitious, this wonderful loading came to a happy termination, Captain Nicholl's third bet being thus lost.
So it behooves us to leave at the first moment that appears at all propitious.
And to behold him now, seeking small loans with plaintive condescension, sponging for breakfast on an art-student of nineteen, a fallen Don Juan who had neglected to die at the propitious hour, had a colour of romance for young imaginations.
The day was clear and bright; and Blue John anticipated that the skies would be propitious.
My lord," said the queen, "permit me to observe that I agree in every particular with the Duke of Norfolk; if the heavens, instead of being clouded as they are at the present moment, were perfectly serene and propitious, we can still afford to bestow a few hours upon the officer who has conducted us so successfully, and with such extreme attention, to the French coast, where he is to take leave of us.
Left alone, or as he thought alone, with the girl in the growing shadows of the evening, von Horn thought the moment propitious for renewing his suit.