how to pronounce thwart


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thwart is pronounced in one syllable

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An example use of thwart in a speech by a native speaker of american english:

“… justice as it stands a thwart the …”

meanings of thwart


  1. To move (something) across or counter to; to cross.
  2. To place (something) across (another thing); to position crosswise.
  3. To cause to fail; to frustrate, to prevent.
  4. To hinder or obstruct by placing (something) in the way of; to block, to impede, to oppose.


  1. Of situations or things: adverse, unfavourable, unlucky.
  2. Of people: having a tendency to oppose; obstinate, perverse, stubborn.
  3. Placed or situated across something else; cross, oblique, transverse.


  1. An act of thwarting; something which thwarts; a hindrance, an obstacle.
  2. A brace, perpendicular to the keel, that helps maintain the beam (“breadth") of a marine vessel against external water pressure and that may serve to support the rail.
  3. A seat across a boat on which a rower may sit.


  1. Across the direction of travel or length of; athwart, crosswise, obliquely, transversely.


  1. Across, athwart.

thwart frequency in english - C2+ level of CEFR

the word thwart occurs in english on average 1.2 times per one million words; this frequency warrants it to be in the study list for C2+ level of language mastery according to CEFR, the Common European Framework of Reference.

topics thwart can be related to

it is hard to perfectly classify words into specific topics since each word can have many context of its use, but our machine-learning models believe that thwart can be often used in the following areas:

1) communication, information, and media;

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