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Definition of Thwart


  1. Situated or placed across something else; transverse; oblique.
  2. Fig.: Perverse; crossgrained.
  3. Thwartly; obliquely; transversely; athwart.
  4. Across; athwart.
  5. A seat in an open boat reaching from one side to the other, or athwart the boat.
  6. To move across or counter to; to cross; as, an arrow thwarts the air.
  7. To cross, as a purpose; to oppose; to run counter to; to contravene; hence, to frustrate or defeat.
  8. To move or go in an oblique or crosswise manner.
  9. Hence, to be in opposition; to clash.

Thwart Quotations

Do you see how the god always hurls his bolts at the greatest houses and the tallest trees. For he is wont to thwart whatever is greater than the rest.

If you strike at, imprison, or kill us, out of our prisons or graves we will still evoke a spirit that will thwart you, and perhaps, raise a force that will destroy you! We defy you! Do your worst!
James Connolly

Kids are born curious about the world. What adults primarily do in the presence of kids is unwittingly thwart the curiosity of children.
Neil deGrasse Tyson

What to an outsider will be no more than the vigorous presentation of a conviction, to an employee may be the manifestation of a determination which it is not safe to thwart.
Learned Hand

Those artists who say that somehow therapy or analysis will thwart their creativity are completely misinformed. It's absolutely the opposite: it opens closed doors.
Paul Schrader
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Thwart Translations

thwart in German is hintertreiben, vereiteln, behindern
thwart in Italian is frastornare
thwart in Spanish is empachar
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