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thwart
used in The Scarlet Letter

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Definition to prevent something
  • To the high mountain peaks of faith and sanctity he would have climbed, had not the tendency been thwarted by the burden, whatever it might be, of crime or anguish, beneath which it was his doom to totter.
    Chapter 11 -- The Interior of a Heart (43% in)
  • These outbreaks of a fierce temper had a kind of value, and even comfort for the mother; because there was at least an intelligible earnestness in the mood, instead of the fitful caprice that so often thwarted her in the child's manifestations.
    Chapter 6 -- Pearl (56% in)

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