Definition of propitious in English:


Syllabification: pro·pi·tious
Pronunciation: /prəˈpiSHəs


  • 1Giving or indicating a good chance of success; favorable: the timing for such a meeting seemed propitious
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    • As was clear then and since, this wasn't the most propitious moment to draw a line in the sand - neither Britain or France were in a position to actually defend Poland.
    • This journalistic term can be used to describe an innocent delay of a story until a more propitious moment, or a manipulative delay of a story until it can do the most damage.
    • Rarely has a superpower cared so much about a speck on the international diplomatic horizon; rarely at such a propitious moment in history have we had such good fortune.
  • 1.1 archaic Favorably disposed toward someone: there were points on which they did not agree, moments in which she did not seem propitious



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  • Because this accidentally but propitiously takes place on opening night on the stage, the audience thinks it is part of the performance.
  • Meanwhile, astute feminists and discerning men are encouraged to reconsider their aggressive attacks on each other and to support young women who are anxious to direct their life goals more propitiously.
  • And, more propitiously, that day, a sacrifice was called for, yet no one was pure enough to perform those sacred duties.




late Middle English: from Old French propicieus or Latin propitius 'favorable, gracious'.

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