The first-fruits of a crop were usually dedicated to the gods to prevent them from being angry; and new canoes, fishing-nets, &c., were dedicated by prayers and offerings, in order that the gods might be propitious to their owners in their use.
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.
Of 1748 he says, " This year, the twelfth of my age, I shall note as the most propitious to the growth of my intellectual stature."
(J) to mean happy or propitious, possibly an allusion to the fertility of the tribe's territory (with which cf.
At the same time a song was sung, in which the god was entreated to be propitious in the coming year.
Was a good horseman, and had circumstances been more propitious he might have left his mark in the sporting annals of the country.
St Basil, for example, says: "I accept also the holy apostles, prophets and martyrs, and I call upon them for their intercession to God, that by them, that is by their mediation, the good God may be propitious to me, and that I may be granted redemption for my offences" (Epist.
His success depends not alone on skill and judgment, for some seasons, or days even, are found more propitious than others.
At these goats were sacrificed to him with libations of wine and milk, and he was implored to be propitious to fields and flocks.
The time, therefore, as far as the Roman Catholics themselves were concerned, was not a propitious one for introducing the moderate concessions which alone James had promised: James, too, on his side, found that religious toleration, though clearly sound in principle, was difficult in practice.