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athwart

[uh-thwawrt] /əˈθwɔrt/
adverb
1.
from side to side; crosswise.
2.
Nautical.
  1. at right angles to the fore-and-aft line; across.
  2. broadside to the wind because of equal and opposite pressures of wind and tide:
    a ship riding athwart.
3.
perversely; awry; wrongly.
preposition
4.
from side to side of; across.
5.
Nautical. across the direction or course of.
6.
in opposition to; contrary to.
Origin of athwart
late Middle English
1425-1475
1425-75; late Middle English; see a-1, thwart
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  • For twenty years that sad and beautiful face haunted me, and it haunts me yet athwart life and death.

    Montezuma's Daughter H. Rider Haggard
  • Thus she was the first to note a shadow fall athwart the doorway.

  • In this way it might be literally possible 'to hear a shadow fall athwart the stillness.'

  • They knew that athwart the Khalifa's writ was stencilled "Made in Germany."

    The New World of Islam Lothrop Stoddard
  • athwart the glimmering air and dim With wistful eyes she looked on him.

    Poems by the Way William Morris
  • Very devout too; honest to the bone, athwart all her prejudices.

  • We now-a-days see it as one sees a country, athwart and in perspective, and from the side; he saw it from above and from below.

    Spare Hours John Brown
  • Gigantic behind them, athwart the carrier lay the captured aeropile.

    When the Sleeper Wakes Herbert George Wells
  • athwart his laughing words came from the lower end of the board a deep and harsh voice.

    Sir Mortimer Mary Johnston
  • Did the shadow of the axe or gibbet fall athwart his dreams?

    The Fifth of November Charles S. Bentley
British Dictionary definitions for athwart

athwart

/əˈθwɔːt/
adverb
1.
transversely; from one side to another
preposition
2.
across the path or line of (esp a ship)
3.
in opposition to; against
Word Origin
C15: from a-² + thwart
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Word Origin and History for athwart
adv.

late 15c., from a- (1) + thwart.

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