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Definition to prevent something

Much more rarely, thwart can reference a seat of a rowboat.
  • You've thwarted destiny enough.
    Lucy Maud Montgomery  --  Anne Of Green Gables
  • And the only real thing he ever feels is annoyance when he's thwarted.
    Cassandra Clare  --  City of Lost Souls
  • Thus thwarted, the stallion turned his wrath on Tom.
    Nicholas Evans  --  The Horse Whisperer
  • She had been reading too fast because it was past the little girls' bedtime and now she was thwarted by a fit of hiccups.
    Graham Greene  --  The Power and the Glory
  • He should have thwarted Uriel and avoided being seen by the other angels.
    Susan Ee  --  Angelfall
  • In it was a hunger of thwarted hate that held men mute.
    Zane Grey  --  The Heritage of the Desert
  • But I'd been waiting for a chance to talk to my mother for too long, always finding myself thwarted in one way or another, by my fears or her own.
    Sarah Dessen  --  The Truth About Forever
  • He was sitting on a thwart, there, hands between his knees.
    Saul Bellow  --  The Adventures of Augie March
  • Even the claim of mental retardation was thwarted because no court would grant a hearing at such a late stage.
    Bryan Stevenson  --  Just Mercy
  • The totalitarian world produces backwardness because it does such violence to the spirit, thwarting the human impulse to create, to enjoy, to worship.
    Ronald Reagan  --  Tear Down This Wall Speech
  • If we do none of these, then we should not pretend horror or surprise when thwarted life expresses itself in fear and hate and crime.
    Richard Wright  --  Native Son
  • I was thwarted .... thwarted, once again, by Harry Potter.
    J.K. Rowling  --  Harry Potter and the Goblet of Fire
  • He's done this out of thwarted love.
    Eugene Ionesco  --  Rhinoceros
  • She remembered how it pleased her to thwart them—to make them realize that her measure was different from theirs.
    Larry McMurtry  --  Lonesome Dove
  • —Lady, come from that nest Of death, contagion, and unnatural sleep: A greater power than we can contradict Hath thwarted our intents:—come, come away!
    William Shakespeare  --  Romeo and Juliet
  • Again, my hope for a storybook dalliance was thwarted by the fact that the stream was only about six inches deep.
    Patrick Rothfuss  --  The Name of the Wind
  • He had lighted with such energy upon a thwart of his boat that his ivory leg had received a half-splintering shock.
    Herman Melville  --  Moby Dick
  • He felt his strength ebb as Gannel's spell thwarted whoever was trying to scry him and Saphira.
    Christopher Paolini  --  Eldest
  • I shan't let your reluctance thwart the idea any more than you let stealing stop you.
    Robert A. Heinlein  --  The Moon is a Harsh Mistress
  • He's not used to being thwarted, no matter how insignificant the object.
    Stephenie Meyer  --  Twilight

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