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It was a propitious time to graduate with a degree in petroleum engineering.
  favorable (circumstances suggesting good things to come)
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  • It was a propitious time to graduate with a degree in petroleum engineering.
  • The first few days of the voyage passed prosperously, amid favourable weather and propitious winds,
    Jules Verne  --  Around the World in 80 Days
  • Sir Henry had numerous papers to examine after breakfast, so that the time was propitious for my excursion.
    Arthur Conan Doyle  --  The Hound of the Baskervilles
  • The spring inspections that year were propitious.
    John Wyndham  --  The Chrysalids

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  • Ira had been given in marriage in the month of June, which is the propitious season for weddings,
    Kamala Markandaya  --  Nectar in a Sieve
  • ...and wondering within myself whether the present times were propitious to a new prince,
    Nicolo Machiavelli  --  The Prince
  • GLADSTONE, UPON HEARING OF THE DEATH OF "Chinese" Gordon in Egypt, was reported to have muttered irritably that his general might have chosen a more propitious time to die:
    Michael Crichton  --  The Andromeda Strain
  • And smile propitious on thy solemn day!
    Virgil  --  The Aeneid
  • Felicia will trap her into a confession: She waits until the moon is propitious, then calls Graciela on the telephone, inviting her to the beauty shop for a free permanent.
    Christina Garcia  --  Dreaming in Cuban
  • Though they joked about hiring a fengshui expert to determine a propitious day for the grand reopening, in the end Ralph and Helen — more practically — simply planned to resume business as soon as possible.
    Gish Jen  --  Typical American

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  • Propitious, if you will.
    Gillian Flynn  --  Gone Girl
  • Ever since the day of William’s house-raising, when the neighbors had gathered together and, working from dawn to sunset, had raised a fine imposing frame and nailed the sturdy new clapboards in place, Kit had known that William was only waiting a propitious time to speak.
    Elizabeth George Speare  --  The Witch of Blackbird Pond
  • You will just have to wait until the propitious moment.
    Madeleine L’Engle  --  A Wrinkle in Time
  • Instead, wait until the hour is propitious.
    Neil Gaiman  --  The Graveyard Book
  • It was always cold, this morning provender (as if to feed pets, the female cook left it in the pan each night by the kitchen door, from whence Bronek fetched it at daybreak), and usually consisted of a greasy potpourri of bones with bits of meat and gristle attached, crusts of bread (on propitious days smeared with a little margarine), vegetable remnants and sometimes a half-eaten apple or pear.
    William Styron  --  Sophie’s Choice
  • Providence is now opposed to them, when I most thought it would be propitious.
    Alexandre Dumas  --  The Count of Monte Cristo
  • Her answer, therefore, was not propitious, at least not to Elizabeth’s wishes, for she was impatient to get home.
    Jane Austen  --  Pride and Prejudice
  • Here Jondrette evidently judged the moment propitious for capturing the "philanthropist."
    Victor Hugo  --  Les Miserables
  • As he took the cup from my hand, Adele, thinking the moment propitious for making a request in my favour, cried out — "N’est-ce pas, monsieur, qu’il y a un cadeau pour Mademoiselle Eyre dans votre petit coffre?"
    Charlotte Bronte  --  Jane Eyre
  • A stealthy glance now and then refreshed her like sips of fresh water after a dusty walk, for the sidelong peeps showed her several propitious omens.
    Louisa May Alcott  --  Little Women
  • For some time, I am doubtful of Miss Shepherd’s feelings, but, at length, Fate being propitious, we meet at the dancing-school.
    Charles Dickens  --  David Copperfield
  • The propitious moment.
    James Joyce  --  Ulysses
  • And it never occurred to the bush boy to wait for a more propitious moment.
    James Vance Marshall  --  Walkabout
  • The chemist began saying— "Indeed the weather is not propitious on account of the damp."
    Gustave Flaubert  --  Madame Bovary
  • Gringoire, a practical philosopher of the streets of Paris, had noticed that nothing is more propitious to revery than following a pretty woman without knowing whither she is going.
    Victor Hugo  --  The Hunchback of Notre Dame
  • At this propitious time of public distress did Tom Walker set up as usurer in Boston.
    Washington Irving  --  The Devil and Tom Walker
  • Dr. Juvenal Urbino had often thought, with no premonitory intention, that this would not be a propitious place for dying in a state of grace.
    Gabriel Garcia Marquez  --  Love in the Time of Cholera
  • I suggested when the moment seemed propitious.
    James Hilton  --  Lost Horizon
  • Let not my words offend thee, Heavenly Power; My Maker, be propitious while I speak.
    John Milton  --  Paradise Lost
  • The surrounding atmosphere was propitious to this scheme of courtship.
    Edith Wharton  --  The House of Mirth
  • The Roman made an expiatory offering, and prayed, Whatever god or goddess thou art to whom this grove is sacred, be propitious to me, my family, and children, etc. It is remarkable what a value is still put upon wood even in this age and in this new country, a value more permanent and universal than that of gold.
    Henry David Thoreau  --  Walden
  • It was not a propitious start to the day.
    Megan Whalen Turner  --  The Thief
  • The meeting was not very propitious, for I was still unkempt and uncombed after my night out, and I had not shaved.
    Hermann Hesse  --  Steppenwolf
  • Speak soft words to those who do not understand this that the return may be propitious.
    Rudyard Kipling  --  Kim
  • Unanimity, however, might be an agreement to disagree, to wait for a more propitious time to propose a solution.
    Nelson Mandela  --  Long Walk to Freedom
  • And do you Inow why the name is p-p-propitious for our endeavor?
    Dan Simmons  --  Hyperion
  • They say fall is the most propitious time to start footbinding, but only because winter is coming and cold weather helps numb the feet.
    Lisa See  --  Snow Flower and the Secret Fan
  • It had hardly been a propitious beginning, but he had chosen his course, and would show no swerving.
    Thomas Hardy  --  The Return of the Native
  • It was not a propitious sign to see Jim in the desk opposite us.
    Pat Conroy  --  The Lords of Discipline
  • The time is now propitious, as he guesses, The meal is ended, she is bored and tired, Endeavours to engage her in caresses Which are still unreproved, if undesired.
    T.S. Eliot  --  The Waste Land
  • Then before she finished the words Wang Lung struck his hands together in delight and he said, "Now then, that is where I sell my grain, and it is a propitious thing and surely it can be done," and for the first time his interest was awake, because it seemed to him a lucky thing to wed his son to the daughter of the man who bought his grain.
    Pearl S. Buck  --  The Good Earth
  • I am sorry to say that only the third day after the propitious events at Houndsley Fred Vincy had fallen into worse spirits than he had known in his life before.
    George Eliot  --  Middlemarch
  • Everything seemed propitious to the execution of this plan, and the course being a continued descent, the young man went over the ground at a rate that promised a speedy termination to his toil.
    James Fenimore Cooper  --  The Deerslayer
  • The first that ever was canonized at Rome, was Romulus, and that upon the narration of Julius Proculus, that swore before the Senate, he spake with him after his death, and was assured by him, he dwelt in Heaven, and was there called Quirinius, and would be propitious to the State of their new City: And thereupon the Senate gave Publique Testimony of his Sanctity.
    Thomas Hobbes  --  Leviathan
  • "A puff o’ wind ’ud make ’cause blow about like feathers," Kezia the housemaid said, feeling proud to live under a mistress who could make such pastry; so that no season or circumstances could have been more propitious for a family party, even if it had not been advisable to consult sister Glegg and sister Pullet about Tom’s going to school.
    George Eliot  --  The Mill on the Floss
  • How much we love him—as at that moment I loved Francoise—the good-natured intermediary who by a single word has made supportable, human, almost propitious the inconceivable, infernal scene of gaiety in the thick of which we had been imagining swarms of enemies, perverse and seductive, beguiling away from us, even making laugh at us, the woman whom we love.
    Marcel Proust  --  Swann’s Way
  • And after that, the general circumstances proving fairly propitious, there would be, of course, other week-end invitations to the Harriets’, Phants’ and some others who dwelt there, as well as to the Griffiths’ at Greenwood, to which place, on account of Bella, he could easily come.
    Theodore Dreiser  --  An American Tragedy
  • There were points on which they did not quite agree; there were moments in which she did not seem propitious; and though trusting altogether to her affection, so far as to be resolved—almost resolved—on bringing it to a decision within a very short time, as soon as the variety of business before him were arranged, and he knew what he had to offer her, he had many anxious feelings, many doubting hours as to the result.
    Jane Austen  --  Mansfield Park
  • But what is the state of mind that is most propitious to the act of creation? I asked.
    Virginia Woolf  --  A Room of One’s Own
  • Because the time is propitious to do so.
    Roger Zelazny  --  Lord of Light
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