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Aug 20, 2015
This week’s theme
Adverbs

This week’s words
ad hoc
wherewith
inter alia
athwart
pro rata

Ariana at the Window
Ariana at the Window
Inspired by Tennyson’s poem, Mariana:
“She drew the casement-curtain by,
And glanced athwart the glooming flats.”
Art: Arthur Hughes (1832-1915)

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athwart

PRONUNCIATION:
(uh-THWART)

MEANING:
adverb, preposition: From side to side of; across; against.

ETYMOLOGY:
From a- (on, into, toward) + thwart, from Old Norse thvert, neuter of thverr (transverse). Earliest documented use: 1470.

USAGE:
“He shuffled athwart, keeping one eye ahead vigilantly.”
Joseph Conrad; Heart of Darkness; Blackwood’s Magazine; 1899.

See more usage examples of athwart in Vocabulary.com’s dictionary.

A THOUGHT FOR TODAY:
I'd rather see a sermon than hear one any day; I'd rather one should walk with me than merely tell the way. -Edgar Guest, poet (20 Aug 1881-1959)

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