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thwart (verb) – 1. To prevent the occurrence, realisation, or attainment of.
2. To oppose and defeat the efforts, plans, or ambitions of (someone).

(noun) – 1. A seat across a boat on which a rower may sit.
2. A transverse strut in a canoe or other small boat.

(adj) – 1. Extending, lying, or passing across; transverse.
2. Eager to oppose, especially wrongly; perverse.

Source : The Free Dictionary

Etymology : (verb) “oppose, hinder,” mid-13th century, from thwart (adv).

(adv) Circa 1200, from a Scandinavian source, probably Old Norse ?vert “across,” originally neuter of thverr “transverse, across,” cognate with Old English ?weorh “transverse, perverse, angry, cross,” from Proto-Germanic *thwerh- “twisted, oblique” (source also of Middle Dutch dwers, Dutch dwars “cross-grained, contrary,” Old High German twerh, German quer, Gothic ?wairhs “angry”), altered (by influence of *thwer- “to turn”) from *therkh-, from PIE root *terkw- “to twist.” From mid-13th century as an adjective.