Propitious

Propitious

prəˈpɪʃəs

Adjective

  • Giving or indicating a good chance of success; favorable.
  • Favorably disposed toward someone.

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Example Sentences

“I’m viewing my new car as a propitious sign that I’m on the right track.”

“After looking at all the weather reports, I think we have a propitious chance of sunny weather for the party.”

“Grandma doesn’t seem very propitious toward my new boyfriend.”

Word Origin

Latin, mid-15th century

Why this word?

Though “propitious” and “auspicious” are very similar in meaning (both meaning “giving signs of favorable success”), there are some subtle differences between them. “Propitious” comes from the Latin root “propitius,” which means “gracious.” This term is generally used to describe the things that help us to achieve success. “Auspice,” the base of “auspicious,” means “a divine or prophetic token,” so this implies a more superstitious connotation. This term is used when there’s a promise of more success to come.

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