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thwart

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transitive verb \ˈthwȯrt\

Definition of thwart

  1. 1a :  to run counter to so as to effectively oppose or baffle :  contraveneb :  to oppose successfully :  defeat the hopes or aspirations of

  2. 2 :  to pass through or across

thwarter

noun

Examples of thwart in a sentence

  1. She did all she could to thwart his plans.

  2. The army thwarted the attempt at a coup.

Did You Know?

Thwart and its synonyms "foil" and "frustrate" all suggest checking or defeating another's plan or preventing the achievement of a goal. "Foil" implies checking or defeating so as to discourage future efforts ("foiled by her parents, he stopped trying to see her"), while "frustrate" suggests making all efforts, however vigorous or persistent, futile or ineffectual ("frustrated attempts at government reform"). "Thwart" usually indicates frustration caused by opposition ("the army thwarted an attempted coup").

Origin and Etymology of thwart

Middle English thwerten, from thwert, adverb


First Known Use: 13th century

Synonym Discussion of thwart

frustrate, thwart, foil, baffle, balk mean to check or defeat another's plan or block achievement of a goal. frustrate implies making vain or ineffectual all efforts however vigorous or persistent <frustrated attempts at government reform>. thwart suggests frustration or checking by crossing or opposing <the army thwarted his attempt at a coup>. foil implies checking or defeating so as to discourage further effort <foiled by her parents, he stopped trying to see her>. baffle implies frustration by confusing or puzzling <baffled by the maze of rules and regulations>. balk suggests the interposing of obstacles or hindrances <officials felt that legal restrictions had balked their efforts to control crime>.

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thwart

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adverb \ˈthwȯrt, nautical often ˈthȯrt\

Definition of thwart

  1. :  athwart

Origin and Etymology of thwart

Middle English thwert, from Old Norse thvert, from neuter of thverr transverse, oblique; akin to Old High German dwerah transverse, oblique


First Known Use: 14th century


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thwart

adjective

Definition of thwart

  1. :  situated or placed across something else :  transverse

thwartly

adverb

14th Century

First Known Use of thwart

14th century


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thwart

noun

Definition of thwart

  1. :  a seat extending athwart a boat

Origin and Etymology of thwart

alteration of obsolete thought, thoft, from Middle English thoft, from Old English thofte; akin to Old High German dofta rower's seat


First Known Use: circa 1736


THWART Defined for English Language Learners

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thwart

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transitive verb \ˈthwȯrt\

Definition of thwart for English Language Learners

  • : to prevent (someone) from doing something or to stop (something) from happening


THWART Defined for Kids

thwart

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verb \ˈthwȯrt\

Definition of thwart for Students

thwarted

thwarting

  1. :  to stop from happening or succeeding <Police thwarted the crime.>



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