athwart athwart  /əθ ˈwɔrt/


  1. (adv) at right angles to the center line of a ship
  2. (adv) at an oblique angle



  1. Standing athwart history and yelling stop can be noble, and sometimes even works.
  2. Rusty barriers lay athwart the center of the road, with shops shuttered on both sides.
  3. He votes for the party that has the most compelling program for the future, not the one simply trying to stand athwart it.


  • Viewpoints: It's blue vs. blue for the future of California

    Republicans always get rapped for obstructing progress, or blocking a vital piece of legislation, or standing athwart a brilliant nominee to a terribly important office and yelling, "Stop!"
    on August 24, 2013     Source: The Sacramento Bee


  1. "In the 1950s, as many in America were moving toward a socialist future of ever-expanding government and ever-decreasing freedom, it took an act of courage and vision to stand athwart history and yell, 'stop' as Buckley wrote in the first issue of...
    on Feb 27, 2008 By: John Boehner Source:

  2. "Even if I must stand athwart popular opinion," Mr. McCain said, "I will attempt to convince as many of my countrymen as I can that we must show even greater patience, though our patience is nearly exhausted, and that as long as there is a...
    on Aug 20, 2007 By: John McCain Source: New York Times

  3. Still, when National Review was founded in 1955, William F. Buckley told its readers in its inaugural editorial, that the magazine aimed to "Stand Athwart History Yelling Stop!"
    on Apr 2, 2007 By: William F Buckley Jr Source:

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