verb (used with object)
- to cross.
- to extend across.
Origin of thwart
Synonyms for thwart
Examples from the Web for thwart
An independent Paris publishing house, Les Arènes, is said to have had a skeleton staff working on the project to thwart leaks.Hollande's Jilted Lover Valerie Trierweiler Tells All|Tracy McNicoll|September 3, 2014|DAILY BEAST
“They made every effort they could to thwart the study at every turn,” she says.Why Did America’s Only Pot Researcher Suddenly Get Fired?|Abby Haglage|July 10, 2014|DAILY BEAST
Sadly for the NRA, we are in the Information Age, and the truth is starting to regularly get past their efforts to thwart it.
All Facebook will see is cyphertext—the mathematical gibberish computers generate to thwart spying eyes.Crypto for the Masses: Here’s How You Can Resist the NSA|Quinn Norton|May 12, 2014|DAILY BEAST
Did Johnnie Cochran, the lawyer who “got him off,” as the public is prone to say, serve justice or thwart it?My First Autopsy Report: Excerpt From David Berg’s ‘Run, Brother, Run’`|David Berg|June 10, 2013|DAILY BEAST
He was suffered to get as far as the second thwart, or past most of the conspirators, when his legs were seized from behind.
If it please you to take a leap into nothing it were pity to thwart you.Micah Clarke|Arthur Conan Doyle
Hatfield now bore down upon him, swerving to the right of the road to thwart Orlick's attempt to reach the tree.The Red Debt|Everett MacDonald
And now some of the planters longed to wreak vengeance on a ruler who had dared to thwart their will by emancipating the slaves.The Hispanic Nations of the New World|William R. Shepherd
If you wish to sail, a stiff brace or thwart can be put in for the mast, with a block for a step.Woodworking for Beginners|Charles Gardner Wheeler
Word Origin for thwart
c.1200, from Old Norse þvert "across," originally neuter of thverr (adj.) "transverse, across," cognate with Old English þweorh "transverse, perverse, angry, cross," from Proto-Germanic *thwerkhaz (cf. Middle Dutch dwers, Dutch dwars "cross-grained, contrary," Old High German twerh, German quer, Gothic þwairhs "angry"), altered (by influence of *thwer- "to turn") from *therkh-, from PIE *twork-/*twerk- "twist" (cf. Latin torquere "to twist," Sanskrit tarkuh "spindle," Old Church Slavonic traku "band, girdle," Old High German drahsil "turner," German drechseln "to turn on a lathe").
"oppose, hinder," mid-13c., from thwart (adv.). Related: Thwarted; thwarting.