athwart

preposition
\ə-ˈthwȯrt, naut often -ˈthȯrt\

Definition of athwart 

(Entry 1 of 2)

1 : across

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

athwart

adverb

Definition of athwart (Entry 2 of 2)

1 : across especially in an oblique direction

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

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Examples of athwart in a Sentence

Preposition

athwart the road was farmland as far as the eye could see

Adverb

after it enters the Gulf of Mexico, the hurricane is predicted to advance athwart to the Texas coastline we hung the twisted strips of crepe paper athwart to the floor and ceiling so that they formed giant crosses on all four walls
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First Known Use of athwart

Preposition

15th century, in the meaning defined at sense 1

Adverb

circa 1500, in the meaning defined at sense 1

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The first known use of athwart was in the 15th century

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