Definitions: (1) favorably disposed; benevolent; (2) a good omen; auspicious; (3) having been blessed; advantageous; (4) often implies a continuing beneficial condition

Derivation: Latin, “gracious”

Synonyms: benign, helpful

• Miracles are propitious accidents, the natural causes of which are too complicated to be readily understood. — George Santayana (1863-1952) Spanish-American philosopher
• When nature made the blue-bird she wished to propitiate both the sky and the earth, so she gave him the color of the one on his back and the hue of the other on his breast. — John Burroughs (1837–1921) American naturalist