Definition of propitious in English:


Line breaks: pro|pi¦tious
Pronunciation: /prəˈpɪʃəs


1Giving or indicating a good chance of success; favourable: 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 Favourably disposed towards someone: there were points on which they did not agree, moments in which she did not seem propitious


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



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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.



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