midst

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[midst]
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noun
  1. 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.
  2. the middle point, part, or stage (usually preceded by the): We arrived in the midst of a storm.
Idioms
  1. 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 midst

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1350–1400; Middle English, equivalent to middes (aphetic variant of amiddes amidst) + excrescent -t
Can be confusedmidst missed mist

Synonyms for midst

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1, 2. thick, core, heart. See middle.

Antonyms for midst

1, 2. edge, periphery.

midst

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[midst]
preposition
  1. amidst.
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Contemporary Examples of midst

Historical Examples of midst

  • There is a green meadow in the midst, on which rests a broad belt of sunshine.

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    Lydia Maria Child

  • In the midst of the barrier stood an altar, on the top of which was a brazen eagle.

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    Lydia Maria Child

  • In the midst of this generosity, the services of Geta and Milza were not forgotten.

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    Lydia Maria Child

  • 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.


British Dictionary definitions for midst

midst

1
noun
  1. in the midst of surrounded or enveloped by; at a point during, esp a climactic one
  2. in our midst among us
  3. archaic the centre

Word Origin for midst

C14: back formation from amiddes amid

midst

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preposition
  1. poetic See amid
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Word Origin and History for midst
n.

c.1400, from Middle English middes (mid-14c.), from mid + adverbial genitive -s. The parasitic -t is perhaps on model of superlatives (cf. against).

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