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athwart

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preposition \ə-ˈthwȯrt, nautical often -ˈthȯrt\

Definition of athwart

  1. 1 :  across

  2. 2 :  in opposition to <a procedure directly athwart the New England prejudices — R. G. Cole>



Examples of athwart in a sentence

  1. <athwart the road was farmland as far as the eye could see>



15th Century

First Known Use of athwart

15th century


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athwart

adverb

Definition of athwart

  1. 1 :  across especially in an oblique direction

  2. 2 :  in opposition to the right or expected course <and quite athwart goes all decorum — Shakespeare>



Examples of athwart in a sentence

  1. <after it enters the Gulf of Mexico, the hurricane is predicted to advance athwart to the Texas coastline>

  2. <we hung the twisted strips of crepe paper athwart to the floor and ceiling so that they formed giant crosses on all four walls>



Circa 1500

First Known Use of athwart

circa 1500


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