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Tuesday, November 02, 2010

Definitions for thwart

  1. To oppose successfully; prevent from accomplishing a purpose.
  2. Passing or lying crosswise or across; transverse.

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Citations for thwart
"There is a way," cried Hor Vastus, "to thwart him effectually and forever." Edgar Rice Burroughs, The Gods of Mars
If I try to warn them, Drew is likely to intercept me and thwart my Plans for the Morning. If I succeed in warning them, they may blow the whistle and thwart Drew's plans as well. John Barth, Letters: a novel
Origin of thwart
1200-1250
Thwart relates to the Old English theorgh, "cross," though the verb form didn't come into usage until the 1500s.
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