verb (used with object)
- to cross.
- to extend across.
- thutmose ii,
- thutmose iii,
- thwing, charles franklin,
Origin of thwart
Examples from the Web for thwarting
Prince said that despite $80 billion a year in spending, U.S. intelligence had nothing to do with thwarting the Nigerian national.Blackwater Founder Erik Prince: War on Terror Has Become Too Big|Eli Lake|November 19, 2013|DAILY BEAST
Military men defended the repression as key to thwarting the communist threat.
The outside world has achieved remarkable success delaying and thwarting the Iranian nuclear program.
Romney said current trade restrictions are thwarting economic growth in developing nations as well as in the United States.Mitt Romney Speaks at Clinton Global Initiative, Hopes for Clinton “Bounce”|Allison Yarrow|September 25, 2012|DAILY BEAST
The prison lobby ensures this does not happen by thwarting nearly every reform that could result in fewer people behind bars.
We are taking you to Dantor who has knowledge of the mad plans of the Llotta and is in need of your help in thwarting them.The Copper-Clad World|Harl Vincent
First arouse any desire, and then you can give pleasure by gratifying it, displeasure by thwarting it.Psychology|Robert S. Woodworth
Could he, as a means of thwarting his relative, be allowed to marry?The Secrets of a Savoyard|Henry A. Lytton
But a new power was coming to the front, at once assisting and thwarting our efforts.John Redmond's Last Years|Stephen Gwynn
All this time, she led me as miserable a life as she could; provoking and thwarting and insulting me at every opportunity.Hide and Seek|Wilkie Collins
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.