propitious

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Etymology[edit]

From Anglo-Norman and Old French propicius, from Latin propitius (favorable, well-disposed, kind). Compare French propice, Portuguese propício and Spanish propicio.

Pronunciation[edit]

  • IPA(key): /pɹoʊˈpɪʃəs/
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  • Hyphenation: pro‧pi‧tious

Adjective[edit]

propitious (comparative more propitious, superlative most propitious)

  1. Favorable; benevolent.
    Synonym: favorable
    Antonym: unpropitious
    propitious weather
  2. Advantageous.
    Synonym: advantageous
  3. Characteristic of a good omen.
    Synonyms: auspicious, fortunate, promising
    • 2014 November 6, Rob Nixon, “Naomi Klein’s ‘This Changes Everything’”, in New York Times[1]:
      But counterrevolutions are reversible. Klein devotes much of her book to propitious signs that this can happen — indeed is happening.
  4. (archaic) Favorably disposed towards someone.

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