- the position of anything surrounded by other things or parts, or occurring in the middle of a period of time, course of action, etc. (usually preceded by the): a familiar face in the midst of the crowd; in the midst of the performance.
- the middle point, part, or stage (usually preceded by the): We arrived in the midst of a storm.
- in our/your/their midst, in the midst of or among us (you, them): To think there was a spy in our midst!
Origin of midst1
1350–1400; Middle English, equivalent to middes (aphetic variant of amiddes amidst) + excrescent -t
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1, 2. thick, core, heart. See middle.
1, 2. edge, periphery.
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Examples from the Web for midst
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One would be in the midst of a lot of actors, and besides, they're really only good for impressing shopgirls.Alfred Hitchcock’s Fade to Black: The Great Director’s Final Days
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There is a green meadow in the midst, on which rests a broad belt of sunshine.
In the midst of the barrier stood an altar, on the top of which was a brazen eagle.
In the midst of this generosity, the services of Geta and Milza were not forgotten.
The Marquis had naturally expected to find him in the midst of pomp.
There was no reasoning which could help him in the midst of that puzzle.Way of the Lawless
- in the midst of surrounded or enveloped by; at a point during, esp a climactic one
- in our midst among us
- archaic the centre
C14: back formation from amiddes amid
- poetic See amid
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Word Origin and History for midst
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