Word of the Day Archive
Tuesday November 2, 2010
1. To oppose successfully; prevent from accomplishing a purpose.
1. 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.