\ ə-ˈthwȯrt How to pronounce athwart (audio) , 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



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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Synonyms for athwart

Synonyms: Preposition

across, over, through

Synonyms: Adverb

across, over, through

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Examples of athwart in a Sentence


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


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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Congress would hear from dealers and car buyers and throw itself athwart Mr. Trump’s plan. Holman W. Jenkins, WSJ, "Detroit vs. Protectionism?," 4 Sep. 2018

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First Known Use of athwart


15th century, in the meaning defined at sense 1


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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a shady place in a garden or forest

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