Definitions

from The American Heritage® Dictionary of the English Language, 4th Edition

  • adj. Unfavorable; inauspicious: arrived at an unpropitious moment.

from Wiktionary, Creative Commons Attribution/Share-Alike License

  • adj. not propitious; unfavourable, untimely

from The Century Dictionary and Cyclopedia

  • Not propitious; not favorable; inauspicious.

from WordNet 3.0 Copyright 2006 by Princeton University. All rights reserved.

  • adj. not propitious

Etymologies

From un- + propitious (Wiktionary)

Examples

  • In the wake of the near collapse of the euro in 2011, many economists considered 2012 an unpropitious year to launch Africa's single currency.

    Look away, Simon Cowell and John Humphrys. 2012 won't be your year | David Mitchell

  • In any case, the tainted election and the murderous suppression of protest that followed made an unpropitious setting for the passage from a greeting on the air to a toe in the water of negotiations.

    David Bromwich: Obama's Drift Toward War With Iran

  • This would seem like unpropitious territory for a candidate who favours eliminating the minimum wage, privatising social security on which the elderly rely, and paring government down to its bare essentials.

    Tea Party supporters want to 'take their country back'. To where?

  • In Democracy in America, Tocqueville seems nothing more than an impressionable amanuensis — and perhaps a too-willing mouthpiece for the moneyed classes of New York and Boston, who, Damrosch shows in Tocqueville's Discovery of America, celebrated Tocqueville's unpropitious landfall with predictable provincial pomp.

    The Visitor

  • I've known him since shortly after he was elected to the European Parliament in 2004, mainly (but not exclusively) on the Cyprus issue where he has played a subtly constructive role in unpropitious circumstances.

    Salute to Cem Özdemir

  • Reports from Richmond, where the Virginia assembly met on October 20, 1788, were “very unpropitious to federal measures,” Washington reported in November.

    Ratification

  • Not the rich, more than the poor; not the learned, more than the ignorant; not the haughty heirs of distinguished names, more than the humble sons of obscurity and unpropitious fortune.

    HAVE YOU SEEN MY COUNTRY LATELY?

  • Stoll chose an unpropitious time to start a magazine for the California wine industry.

    LAST CALL

  • At first glance, the French information technology services group's € 850 million $1.14 billion cash and shares acquisition of Siemens Information Services, an unprofitable subsidiary of the German industrial giant, may loo k equally unpropitious.

    Siemens Tie-Up Augurs Well for Atos

  • And that was with decidedly unpropitious circumstances.

    John Terry’s sacking as England captain tells us something interesting...

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