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Active OppositionPlay
Often used when someone actively tries to prevent another's action, with effort and intent. SlideActivists worked to thwart the construction of the new dam.
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Conflict ContextPlay
Commonly found in contexts where there is a conflict of interests or a competition. SlideShe managed to thwart his takeover attempt of the company.
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Goal InterruptionPlay
Implies an interruption or blocking of a goal, not just a delay. SlideHis injury thwarted his chances of winning the marathon.