9/10/11

PROPITIOUS

PROPITIOUS

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Convenient. Favorable. Kind.

The weather today is propitious.

Memory Trick:
prop.it.ious = proper it to us

a. [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. — 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, adv.Pro•pi´tious•ness, n.


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