Propitious
Propitious Pro*pi"tious, a. [L. propitius, perhaps originally a term of augury meaning, flying forward (pro) or well; cf. Skr. pat to fly, E. petition, feather.] [1913 Webster] 1. Convenient; auspicious; favorable; kind; as, a propitious season; a propitious breeze. [1913 Webster]

2. Hence, kind; gracious; merciful; helpful; -- said of a person or a divinity. --Milton. [1913 Webster]

And now t' assuage the force of this new flame, And make thee [Love] more propitious in my need. --Spenser. [1913 Webster]

Syn: Auspicious; favorable; kind.

Usage: {Propitious}, {Auspicious}. Auspicious (from the ancient idea of auspices, or omens) denotes ``indicative of success,'' or ``favored by incidental occurrences;'' as, an auspicious opening; an auspicious event. Propitious denotes that which efficaciously protect us in some undertaking, speeds our exertions, and decides our success; as, propitious gales; propitious influences. [1913 Webster] -- {Pro*pi"tious*ly}, adv. -- {Pro*pi"tious*ness}, n. [1913 Webster]


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  • propitious — I adjective accommodating, advantageous, approving, auspicious, beneficial, benevolent, benign, benignant, cheering, clear, clement, cloudless, conducive, disposed to bestow favors, encouraging, expedient, favorable, favorably inclined,… …   Law dictionary

  • propitious — mid 15c., from O.Fr. propicius (mid 12c.), from L. propitius (see PROPITIATION (Cf. propitiation)) …   Etymology dictionary

  • propitious — auspicious, *favorable, benign Analogous words: benignant, *kind, kindly: fortunate, *lucky, providential, happy Antonyms: unpropitious: adverse Contrasted words: *sinister, malefic, maleficent, malign, baleful: * …   New Dictionary of Synonyms

  • propitious — ► ADJECTIVE 1) favourable. 2) archaic favourably disposed towards someone. DERIVATIVES propitiously adverb propitiousness noun …   English terms dictionary

  • propitious — propitiously, adv. propitiousness, n. /preuh pish euhs/, adj. 1. presenting favorable conditions; favorable: propitious weather. 2. indicative of favor; auspicious: propitious omens. 3. favorably inclined; disposed to bestow favors or forgive:… …   Universalium

  • propitious — pro|pi|tious [prəˈpıʃəs] adj formal [Date: 1500 1600; : Latin; Origin: propitius, from petere to try to find or get ] good and likely to bring good results ▪ a propitious moment propitious for ▪ Conditions after the 1905 revolution were… …   Dictionary of contemporary English

  • propitious — [[t]prəpɪ̱ʃəs[/t]] ADJ GRADED If something is propitious, it is likely to lead to success. [FORMAL] They should wait for the most propitious moment between now and the next election... The omens for the game are still not propitious. Syn:… …   English dictionary

  • propitious — pro•pi•tious [[t]prəˈpɪʃ əs[/t]] adj. 1) presenting favorable conditions; favorable: propitious weather[/ex] 2) indicative of favor; auspicious: propitious omens[/ex] 3) favorably disposed: a propitious ruler[/ex] • Etymology: 1400–50; late ME… …   From formal English to slang

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