Propitious

2 definitions found

From The Collaborative International Dictionary of English v.0.48 [gcide]:

Propitious \Pro*pi"tious\, adjective [L. propitius, perhaps originally a term of augury meaning, flying forward (pro) or well; cf. Skr. pat to fly, E. petition, feather.]

1. Convenient; auspicious; favorable; kind; as, a propitious season; a propitious breeze.

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

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

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. -- {Pro*pi"tious*ly}, adverb -- {Pro*pi"tious*ness}, noun

From WordNet (r) 3.0 (2006) [wn]:

propitious

adjective

1: presenting favorable circumstances; likely to result in or show signs of success; "propitious omens"; "propitious gales speeded us along"; "a propitious alignment of planets for space exploration" [ant: {unpropitious}]


The dictionary definitions are retrieved from a local copy of two of the open source DICT dictionaries. Click here for the database copyright information. DEFINE.COM is registered as an educational NONPROFIT corporation. We aim to please around here. We believe in using positive reinforcement to get things done. We make suggestions that are intended to make life more enjoyable. We think about efficiency, automation, security, PRIVACY, social and ecological responsibility and positive HUMANITARIAN ethics and VALUES. We are benevolent. DO NO HARM is our motto.



Friday, March 27, 2015 8:53:25 PM Coordinated Universal Time (UTC)

DEFINE.COM_Propitious_2015-03-27_20-53-25_54-161-234-150