from The American Heritage® Dictionary of the English Language, 4th Edition
- adj. Presenting favorable circumstances; auspicious. See Synonyms at favorable.
- adj. Kindly; gracious.
from Wiktionary, Creative Commons Attribution/Share-Alike License
- adj. Favorable; benevolent (e.g. propitious weather)
- adj. Favorably disposed towards someone.
- adj. Advantageous.
- adj. Characteristic of a good omen: auspicious.
from the GNU version of the Collaborative International Dictionary of English
- adj. Convenient; auspicious; favorable; kind
- adj. Hence, kind; gracious; merciful; helpful; -- said of a person or a divinity.
from The Century Dictionary and Cyclopedia
- Favorably disposed; ready to grant a favor or indulgence; kind; disposed to be gracious or merciful; ready to forgive and bestow favors.
- Affording favorable conditions or circumstances; favorable: as, a propitious season.
- Synonyms Gracious, benign.
- Auspicious, Propitious, promising. Auspicious cannot be safely used in any meaning beyond that of giving omen or indication of success; an auspicious event is one that seems an omen of prosperity for that which follows. Auspicious could be applied to a person only by a highly figurative use of the word. The earlier tendency to use the word outside of the limits here indicated is not now sanctioned by good usage. Propitious applies primarily to persons, but may be freely extended by figure to things. Propitious goes beyond auspicious in representing a benign disposition and manner, leading one to expect a kind reception and help.
from WordNet 3.0 Copyright 2006 by Princeton University. All rights reserved.
- adj. presenting favorable circumstances; likely to result in or show signs of success
Middle English propicius, from Old French propicieux, from Latin propitius; see pet- in Indo-European roots.(American Heritage® Dictionary of the English Language, Fourth Edition)
From French propicius, from Latin propitius ("favorable, well-disposed, kind") (Wiktionary)