un·​pro·​pi·​tious ˌən-prə-ˈpi-shəs How to pronounce unpropitious (audio)
: not likely to have or produce a good result : not favorable or advantageous : not propitious
an unpropitious time
Jasper could not have selected a more unpropitious moment for his cause.Edward Bulwer-Lytton
unpropitiously adverb

Examples of unpropitious in a Sentence

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Word History

First Known Use

1613, in the meaning defined above

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The first known use of unpropitious was in 1613

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“Unpropitious.” Merriam-Webster.com Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, https://www.merriam-webster.com/dictionary/unpropitious. Accessed 28 May. 2024.

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