from side to side; crosswise.
at right angles to the fore-and-aft line; across.
broadside to the wind because of equal and opposite pressures of wind and tide: a ship riding athwart.
perversely; awry; wrongly.
from side to side of; across.
Nautical. across the direction or course of.
in opposition to; contrary to.
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How to use athwart in a sentence
To dive was to escape the heat of this place, a geographic hot spot athwart the equator.
The hyper-wealthy host of a popular cable-news show somehow still manages to stand athwart the establishment, fighting for truth in the face of a shadowy left-wing cabal.Perhaps Tucker Carlson’s data cherry-picking isn’t limited to vaccines | Philip Bump | May 7, 2021 | Washington Post
One hot summer afternoon, I carried her athwart my hips into the pool at our beach club in Long Beach, New York.Every Thanksgiving, my mental health strategy is recalling memorable, personal moments | Bob Brody | November 23, 2020 | Washington Post
Armstrong is standing athwart recent trends at the highest levels of corporate America.Coinbase wants to reject politics. It should already know how risky that is. | dzanemorris | September 30, 2020 | Fortune
The New York governor was the foremost Democrat to stand athwart the Reagan Revolution.Mario Cuomo, a Frustrating Hero to Democrats, Is Dead at 82 | Eleanor Clift | January 2, 2015 | THE DAILY BEAST
The new corporate social responsibility, redefined for libertarians, must stand athwart crony corporatism yelling "stop."Do Libertarians Have an Obligation to Not Aggressively Pursue Government Carve-outs? | Justin Green | April 30, 2013 | THE DAILY BEAST
Conservatives, to invoke William Buckley, have stood athwart this history yelling “stop!”
How Robert Lipsyte, author of the new memoir An Accidental Sportswriter, stood athwart the sports page yelling, "Stop!"
The glowing heavens, luminous athwart the clouds of fine, suspended sand, laid this ominous hint of dream upon the entire day.The Wave | Algernon Blackwood
Silently the turnkey passes the cell, like a flitting mystery casting its shadow athwart a troubled soul.Prison Memoirs of an Anarchist | Alexander Berkman
A hemlock had fallen athwart it, and they sat down where they could look out upon a majestic panorama of towering rock and snow.
A few pines were sprinkled about the slopes of the gully, and one or two of them which had fallen lay athwart the creek.
A trail of filmy vapor crawled out athwart the lower pines and covered them as it rolled rapidly upward.
British Dictionary definitions for athwart
transversely; from one side to another
across the path or line of (esp a ship)
in opposition to; against
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