propitious

adjective pro·pi·tious \ prə-ˈpi-shəs \
Updated on: 24 Nov 2017

Definition of propitious

1 : favorably disposed : benevolent
2 : being a good omen : auspicious
  • propitious sign
3 : tending to favor : advantageous

propitiously

adverb

propitiousness

noun

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Examples of propitious in a Sentence

  1. Now is a propitious time to start a business.

  2. the success of the first big movie in May was a propitious start for the summer season of blockbusters

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Propitious, which comes to us through Middle English from the Latin word propitius (same meaning as "propitious"), is a synonym of "favorable" and "auspicious." All three essentially mean "pointing toward a happy outcome," with some differences of emphasis. "Favorable" implies that the persons involved in a situation are approving or helpful, or that circumstances are advantageous ("favorable weather conditions"). "Auspicious" usually applies to a sign or omen that promises success before or at the start of an event ("an auspicious beginning"). "Propitious" may also apply to beginnings, but it often suggests a continuing promising condition ("propitious conditions for an alliance").

Origin and Etymology of propitious

Middle English propycyous, from Anglo-French propicius, from Latin propitius, probably from pro- for + petere to seek — more at pro-, feather

Synonym Discussion of propitious

favorable, auspicious, propitious mean pointing toward a happy outcome. favorable implies that the persons involved are approving or helpful or that the circumstances are advantageous.
    • favorable weather conditions
auspicious applies to something taken as a sign or omen promising success before or at the start of an event.
    • an auspicious beginning
propitious may also apply to beginnings but often implies a continuing favorable condition.
    • a propitious time for starting a business

PROPITIOUS Defined for English Language Learners

propitious

adjective

Definition of propitious for English Language Learners

  • : likely to have or produce good results



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