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

Derivation: Latin, “gracious”

Synonyms: benign, gracious, helpful

Quote: 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