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Syllabification: thwart
Pronunciation: /THwôrt

Definition of thwart in English:


[with object]
1Prevent (someone) from accomplishing something: he never did anything to thwart his father he was thwarted in his desire to punish Uncle Fred
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  • Although stardom beckoned at an early age, Michael was initially thwarted in his desire to act.
  • And they succeeded as Garner's final save thwarted Lee Canoville in the closing seconds.
  • York played on the break and came closest to breaking the deadlock when Carter was thwarted by an excellent save.
1.1Oppose (a plan, attempt, or ambition) successfully: the government had been able to thwart all attempts by opposition leaders to form new parties
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  • Also his best laid plans were thwarted when he attempted to return to see his family in South Africa.
  • The story revolves round the locals’ attempts to thwart the plan.
  • In their relationships with women, Russell and Ayer both seemed quite oblivious to the feelings of others when such feelings were likely to thwart their plans or ambitions.
foil, frustrate, stand in the way of, forestall, derail, dash;
informal put a crimp in, put the kibosh on, scotch, scuttle, do for, stymie


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A structural crosspiece sometimes forming a seat for a rower in a boat.
Example sentences
  • Her hull is painted white with blue trim on the thwarts.
  • Thirteen oarsmen and a captain form the crew of the fixed-thwart rowing boats that participate in the competitions.
  • The placement of the primary thwart is important to balance.

preposition& adverb

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From one side to another side of; across: [as preposition]: a pink-tinged cloud spread thwart the shore
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  • Lay them thwart, that the top of one may rest on the root or stub of the other.


Middle English thwerte, from the adjective thwert 'perverse, obstinate, adverse', from Old Norse thvert, neuter of thverr 'transverse', from an Indo-European root shared by Latin torquere 'to twist'.

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