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amidst

[ uh-midst ]
/ əˈmɪdst /
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Origin of amidst

1250–1300; Middle English amiddes;see amid, -s1; for -tsee against, amongst, etc.
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AMIDST VS. AMID

What’s the difference between amidst and amid?

Amidst and amid mean the same thing: in the middle of or during.

This can apply to spaces (as in I found my keys amidst/amid all of my other stuff) or situations (as in It was hard to concentrate amidst/amid 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 amidst and amid are completely interchangeable, amid is more commonly used.

Want to learn more? Read the full breakdown of the difference between amidst and amid, including how amidst got that -st.

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Amidst should only be used in very formal contexts.

How to use amidst in a sentence

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