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Definition favorable (circumstances suggesting good things to come)
  • It was a propitious time to graduate with a degree in petroleum engineering.
propitious = favorable (circumstances suggesting good things to come)
  • ...and wondering within myself whether the present times were propitious to a new prince,
    Nicolo Machiavelli  --  The Prince
  • propitious = favorable
  • And smile propitious on thy solemn day!
    Virgil  --  The Aeneid
  • propitious = favorably
  • The spring inspections that year were propitious.
    John Wyndham  --  The Chrysalids
  • propitious = favorable
  • The first few days of the voyage passed prosperously, amid favourable weather and propitious winds,
    Jules Verne  --  Around the World in 80 Days
  • propitious = favorable
  • 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
  • propitious = favorable
  • Ira had been given in marriage in the month of June, which is the propitious season for weddings,
    Kamala Markandaya  --  Nectar in a Sieve
  • propitious = favorable (circumstances suggesting good things to come)
  • 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
  • propitious = favorable (circumstances suggesting good things to come)
  • 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
  • propitious = favorable
  • 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
  • propitious = favorable (circumstances suggesting good things to come)
  • I suggested when the moment seemed propitious.
    James Hilton  --  Lost Horizon
  • Because the time is propitious to do so.
    Roger Zelazny  --  Lord of Light
  • 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
  • An accident of some kind befell Carl Heine at a moment that could not be less propitious or less fortunate for the accused.
    David Guterson  --  Snow Falling on Cedars
  • The moment was propitious, for the rustlers were bustling around, cooking dinner, unrolling blankets, and moving to and fro from spring and corral.
    Zane Grey  --  The Heritage of the Desert
  • I thought there might be a hope of defending myself and clearing my good name at some time in the future, in more propitious circumstances.
    Boris Pasternak  --  Doctor Zhivago
  • It was not a propitious sign to see Jim in the desk opposite us.
    Pat Conroy  --  The Lords of Discipline
  • Providence is now opposed to them, when I most thought it would be propitious.
    Alexandre Dumas  --  The Count of Monte Cristo
  • Six of the Warrior's Sons escorted him across the city; together they were seven, a holy, and propitious number.
    George R.R. Martin  --  A Feast For Crows
  • Instead, wait until the hour is propitious.
    Neil Gaiman  --  The Graveyard Book

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