• WordNet 3.6
    • adj thwarting preventing realization or attainment of a desire
    • n thwarting an act of hindering someone's plans or efforts
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Century Dictionary and Cyclopedia
    • n thwarting Opposing act or action; whatever frustrates or baffles or tends to defeat one's purposes, wishes, designs, etc.
    • thwarting Perverse; contrary.
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Chambers's Twentieth Century Dictionary
    • adj Thwarting perverse
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  • E. M. Cioran
    E. M. Cioran
    “Every thought derives from a thwarted sensation.”
  • Charles Horton Cooley
    “The need to exert power, when thwarted in the open fields of life, is the more likely to assert itself in trifles.”
  • Richard Brinsley Sheridan
    “Take care; you know I am compliance itself, when I am not thwarted! No one more easily led, when I have my own way; but don't put me in a frenzy.”


Chambers's Twentieth Century Dictionary
Ice. thvert, neut. of thverr; perverse; cog. with A.S. thweorh, Ger. zwerch.


In literature:

Dexter stood holding the boat-hook, half-paralysed for a few moments, and then, moved by despair, he stepped over the thwart toward Bob.
"Quicksilver" by George Manville Fenn
Her sails and gear lay in confusion on her thwarts.
"Priscilla's Spies" by George A. Birmingham
Once more he rose from his seat, and stepped on to the after-thwart, holding on by the mainmast.
"Will Weatherhelm" by W.H.G. Kingston
Some people never come to themselves until baffled, rebuffed, thwarted, defeated, crushed, in the opinion of those around them.
"Architects of Fate" by Orison Swett Marden
Every man let go his oar, and, throwing himself on the thwart, embraced it with all his might.
"The Lifeboat" by R.M. Ballantyne
With all this uncertainty checking and thwarting his aspirations, Oswald cannot easily assume a false guise.
"Oswald Langdon" by Carson Jay Lee
There are persons who think themselves very mild because nothing thwarts them.
"The Autobiography of Madame Guyon" by Jeanne Marie Bouvier de La Motte Guyon
The Fire-god rages with loose rein over thwarts and oars and hulls of painted fir.
"The Aeneid of Virgil" by Virgil
But Mr Sudberry was not a man to be easily thwarted.
"Freaks on the Fells" by R.M. Ballantyne
It angered him to think of being thwarted at this point.
"Flamsted quarries" by Mary E. Waller

In poetry:

Make way, make way,
You thwarting stones;
Room for my play,
Serious ones.
"The Stream’s Song" by Lascelles Abercrombie
Yet for a while
Thwart me, O boulders;
I need for laugher
Your serious shoulders.
"The Stream’s Song" by Lascelles Abercrombie
When against the western fire
Darkens many an empty nest,
Like a thwarted heart's desire
That in prime was hardly guessed:
"The Fair Gray Lady" by Helen Gray Cone
I cannot still, her sight to want,
Weep like a thwarted boy,
Cry outright, but with darting gold
He chides me back to joy.
"The Yellow Butterfly" by Manmohan Ghose
Then grinned the Ancient Briton
From the tumulus treed with pine:
'So, hearts are thwartly smitten
In these days as in mine!'
"The Moth-Signal (On Egdon Heath)" by Thomas Hardy
Then through the red wrath of his eyne
He saw a sheathed sword,
Laid thwart that wasted field of wine,
Amidmost of the board.
"The Hall And The Wood" by William Morris

In news:

The White House's reported favorite for the position of Secretary of State may be thwarted by ties to the administration's apparent misinformation campaign in the wake of terrorist attacks in Benghazi, Libya.
how to thwart an attack without curtailing the freedoms all Americans now take for granted.
From the SEIU comes this tale of thwarted romance.
The purpose of this nation building was to thwart Communist expansion.
I don't even know what makes my dad work, bright thwarted man.
Repeated attempts to launch rocket Tuesday were thwarted by weather.
AutoZone employee who was fired last month after using his own handgun to thwart a robber at the store continues to grow with a protest planned for Thursday outside the store.
This appears to be the 13th suspected terror plot thwarted in New York City since the 9/11 attacks.
Steelers' Poise Thwarts Ravens' Potential.
But experts cast doubt on the effectiveness of the program to thwart crime.
Police in London arrested nine people in a series of raids this weekend, thwarting an apparent attempt to kidnap Victoria Beckham, a.k.a.
My (Thwarted) Plan as the New York Times' Public Editor.
Collaboration with Akamai allows Motorcycle Superstore to thwart intruders.
Texas Rep Lloyd Doggett, D-Austin, has introduced the Smuggled Tobacco Prevention (STOP) Act to thwart illegal tobacco trafficking in and out of the United States.

In science:

What has been suggested by several commentators on the problem [68–70] is that quantum coherence might account for holistic effects that thwart a purely local analysis, by introducing fundamentally non-local degrees of freedom.
Quantum Computation in Brain Microtubules? Decoherence and Biological Feasibility
In fact, infrequent human intervention would possibly thwart CAPTCHA and make the TCP receiver attack successful.
Efficient Defence against Misbehaving TCP Receiver DoS Attacks
Can a similar story be told here, to make it acceptable that the indices are potential particle labels? Unfortunately, this attempt is immediately thwarted by the symmetrization postulates.
How Classical Particles Emerge From the Quantum World
By keeping Ye high, trapping thwarts the rapid evaporation of neutrons from the nuclei that would otherwise be too neutron-rich to retain them.
Perspectives on Core-Collapse Supernova Theory
In the core-collapse context this bounding pressure is provided by the accretion ram and, while the shock is stalled, the wind is thwarted.
Perspectives on Core-Collapse Supernova Theory