from The Century Dictionary.

  • Perverse; contrary.
  • noun Opposing act or action; whatever frustrates or baffles or tends to defeat one's purposes, wishes, designs, etc.

from Wiktionary, Creative Commons Attribution/Share-Alike License.

  • verb Present participle of thwart.
  • noun An instance of blocking or obstructing.

from WordNet 3.0 Copyright 2006 by Princeton University. All rights reserved.

  • noun an act of hindering someone's plans or efforts
  • adjective preventing realization or attainment of a desire


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  • "VOLUMNIA: You might have been enough the man you are

    With striving less to be so: lesser had been

    The thwartings of your dispositions, if

    You had not show'd them how ye were dispos'd,

    Ere they lack'd power to cross you."

    - William Shakespeare, 'The Tragedy of Coriolanus'.

    August 28, 2009