Origin of amid
WORDS THAT MAY BE CONFUSED WITH amidamid , among
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Origin of amid-
AMID VS. AMIDST
What’s the difference between amid and amidst?
Amid and amidst mean the same thing: in the middle of or during.
This can apply to spaces (as in I found my keys amid/amidst all of my other stuff) or situations (as in It was hard to concentrate amid/amidst all the chaos).
Amid is the older and original form of the word. The -st ending (which is the same one found in other words like whilst and against) does not change the meaning. The same thing applies to among and amongst (which can mean the same thing as amid and amidst).
Contrary to popular misconceptions, amidst is not the British English version of amid. Although amid and amidst are completely interchangeable, amid is more commonly used.
Want to learn more? Read the full breakdown of the difference between amid and amidst, including how amidst got that -st.
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Amidst should only be used in very formal contexts.
How to use amid in a sentence
Even those Christians who do want to minister amid the rancor of race and policing are missing the mark.
Police Commissioner Andrew Scipione asked residents to remain calm, amid fears of unrest.
His deficiencies and self-doubts, amid his epochal mission of liberation, are precisely what make him interesting.
It may be that some hagiographer yet to come will find the stained sheets of fact and memory amid his papers.Alfred Hitchcock’s Fade to Black: The Great Director’s Final Days|David Freeman|December 13, 2014|DAILY BEAST
A white police officer standing amid the crowd inside the barricade got his laughs a moment later.
The night passed amid various excursions on the part of Aristide and alarms on the part of Jean.The Joyous Adventures of Aristide Pujol|William J. Locke
In the aperture of the window, amid piles of paper, stood a rickety old table, covered with dust.Hilda Lessways|Arnold Bennett
His steps led him now not to the beach, but to the Cemetery of Rocklington, amid the potato-fields.Kipling Stories and Poems Every Child Should Know, Book II|Rudyard Kipling
Dressed in full uniform, amid cries of "Long live our King Joachim," the unfortunate man landed with twenty-six followers.Napoleon's Marshals|R. P. Dunn-Pattison
There, amid the deep silence of the listening centuries, he would find peace; forgetting himself a moment, he might find—strength.The Wave|Algernon Blackwood