Word of the DayTuesday, November 02, 2010
\THWAWRT\ , verb;
To oppose successfully; prevent from accomplishing a purpose.
Passing or lying crosswise or across; transverse.
"There is a way," cried Hor Vastus, "to thwart him effectually and forever."
-- Edgar Rice Burroughs, The Gods of Mars
If I try to warn them, Drew is likely to intercept me and thwart my Plans for the Morning. If I succeed in warning them, they may blow the whistle and thwart Drew's plans as well.
-- John Barth, Letters: a novel
Thwart relates to the Old English theorgh, "cross," though the verb form didn't come into usage until the 1500s.
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