thwart

A villain's worst nightmare is the superhero who always seems to thwart his efforts, preventing him from carrying out his plans to take over the world.

Thwart is a word you'll hear in a lot of action movies, and usually it's the hero who is trying to thwart the evil plan of some super-villain. Yet even mere mortals can be thwarted in their efforts; the word simply means to prevent someone from carrying out his or her plans. An aggressive driver can thwart your attempt to snag a parking space at a crowded mall by pulling into the space before you. An aggressive shopper at that same mall can thwart your efforts to buy the last Dancing Snoopy doll by grabbing it off the shelf first.

Primary Meanings of thwart

1.
v
hinder or prevent (the efforts, plans, or desires) of
2.
n
a crosspiece spreading the gunnels of a boat; used as a seat in a rowboat
Full Definitions of thwart
1

v hinder or prevent (the efforts, plans, or desires) of

Synonyms:
baffle, bilk, cross, foil, frustrate, queer, scotch, spoil
Types:
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disappoint, let down
fail to meet the hopes or expectations of
dash
destroy or break
short-circuit
hamper the progress of; impede
ruin
destroy or cause to fail
betray, fail
disappoint, prove undependable to; abandon, forsake
come short, fall short
fail to meet (expectations or standards)
disenchant, disillusion
free from enchantment
undo
cause the ruin or downfall of
break
cause the failure or ruin of
shipwreck
ruin utterly
Type of:
forbid, foreclose, forestall, preclude, prevent
keep from happening or arising; make impossible
2

n a crosspiece spreading the gunnels of a boat; used as a seat in a rowboat

Synonyms:
cross thwart
Type of:
crosspiece
a transverse brace

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