propitious

  • 1 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… …

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  • 2 propitious — [prō pish′əs, prəpish′əs] adj. [ME propicius < OFr < L propitius, favorable < pro , before, forward + petere, to seek, desire, rush at: see FEATHER] 1. favorably inclined or disposed; gracious [the propitious gods] 2. boding well;… …

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  • 3 propitious — [adj1] full of promise; good, favorable advantageous, auspicious, beneficial, benign, brave, bright, dexter, encouraging, favoring, fortunate, happy, hopeful, lucky, opportune, pat*, promising, prosperous, rosy, seasonable, timely, toward, useful …

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  • 4 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,… …

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

    Etymology dictionary

  • 6 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

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

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  • 8 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:… …

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  • 9 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

  • 10 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

  • 11 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

  • 12 propitious — adj. propitious for, to * * * [prə pɪʃəs] to propitious for …

    Combinatory dictionary

  • 13 propitious — adjective formal good and likely to bring good results: a propitious moment (+ for): Conditions after the 1905 revolution were propitious for stable development. propitiously adverb …

    Longman dictionary of contemporary English

  • 14 propitious — /prəˈpɪʃəs / (say pruh pishuhs) adjective 1. presenting favourable conditions; favourable: *The next day was not so propitious, for Rita only managed to sell a cane pot stand for five shillings –norman lindsay, 1950. 2. indicative of favour:… …

    Australian English dictionary

  • 15 propitious — adjective Etymology: Middle English propycyous, from Anglo French propicius, from Latin propitius, probably from pro for + petere to seek more at pro , feather Date: 15th century 1. favorably disposed ; benevolent 2. being a good omen ;… …

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  • 16 propitious — adjective a) Favorable; benevolent (e.g. propitious weather) b) Favorably disposed towards someone. Syn: advantageous, auspicious, favorable, fortunate, promising …

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  • 17 propitious — I (New American Roget s College Thesaurus) adj. encouraging, auspicious; gracious; fortunate, prosperous, favorable; timely, opportune; thriving. See hope, prosperity, occasion. Ant., inauspicious. II (Roget s IV) modif. 1. [Favorable] Syn.… …

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  • 18 propitious — adjective the timing for such a meeting seemed propitious Syn: favorable, auspicious, promising, providential, advantageous, optimistic, bright, rosy, heaven sent, hopeful; opportune, timely See note at timely Ant: inau …

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  • 19 propitious — adj. 1 (of an omen etc.) favourable. 2 (often foll. by for, to) (of the weather, an occasion, etc.) suitable. 3 well disposed (the fates were propitious). Derivatives: propitiously adv. propitiousness n. Etymology: ME f. OF propicieus or L… …

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  • 20 propitious — Synonyms and related words: advantageous, amicable, appropriate, auspicious, befitting, beneficent, beneficial, benevolent, benign, benignant, brave, bright, bright with promise, cheering, convenient, cooperative, dexter, encouraging, expedient,… …

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